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first_img BERNARD’S CONTRIBUTION Jamaica, under the leadership skills of Marva Bernard, has managed to get their own ‘home’ as well as numerous corporate bodies putting up their cash and kind to support netball. Money is still short, thus arranging and travelling to other ranked nations to play ‘Tests’ happens rarely, and is due to a great extent on the generosity of the other nations. Faced with that reality, one would think that Netball Jamaica would be very interested in keeping squad members playing top local netball regularly, and would be actively encouraging these squad members to play week after week. No matter what spin is put on the reason for the rule, the bald fact is that the rule makes no sense and has got to be rescinded. The fans of Jamaica’s netball, and the public in general, can force the removal of this rule … if they want. The IAAF’s woes continue with major sponsor Adidas withdrawing from their contractual support of the beleaguered organisation, mainly because of the continuing revelations regarding corruption and illegal activity of the principals of the organisation. The Dick Pound-led investigation is not over, not by a long shot. Keep watching this space. The past president of Netball Jamaica has received numerous awards and praise for her leadership skills while being a ten-year president of the sport of netball in Jamaica. These plaudits re her leadership skills are well deserved. Her successor, Dr Paula Daley Morris, has promised a change in how the game in administered. I was hoping that I would have seen a change in the policy, particularly one that would have seen the nation have a realistic chance of changing our position in world netball, from ‘sometimes third, most times fourth’ to finalists and eventual champions. Alas and alack, that wish of us, (Jamaica) moving on up looks as distant as it always was. Mr Netball himself, Winston Nevers, has gone public with his concerns regarding a ‘rule’ that seems designed to stop teams that he coaches from dominating local netball. The thinking behind the implementation of this rule seems to be “stop Nevers from winning everything, so that we can justify keeping his skills away from the national programme”. A local radio programme recently highlighted the rule. As I understand it, teams playing in the national league can only have three members of the national squad playing for any one team during the competition. If a national representative (who happens to play for a team coached by Mr Nevers) does not want to play for a rival team, then that player is refused permission to play netball locally! Huh? So instead of allowing players selected to the national squad to play as much netball as possible, Netball Jamaica is happy with these players watching the game week after week! That thought is frightening, if the main aim of the rule is to sideline Nevers. As I understand sports of any kind, the participants need regular playing time in competition against their peers and against competition that is superior. Australia has just completed a three ‘Test’ clean sweep against England, as both sides continue engaging in ‘Test’ conditions against world-ranked opponents.last_img read more

first_imgWhat online resources are available to remodelers and builders who want to participate in energy efficiency programs funded by the stimulus package?We identify a few sites that offer program details and contacts. We also highlight some of the challenges facing agencies charged with managing newly expanded budgets.Last week we mentioned that the folks who manage weatherization and other energy conservation programs in Georgia have their hands full thanks to a huge boost in funding from the federal stimulus package.But the administrators in Georgia are certainly not alone in their quest to handle a ballooning budget. Every state accepting allocations through the stimulus program, known officially as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, faces similar money-management challenges.Not surprisingly, this embarrassment of riches has prompted warnings from critics of the stimulus program that the door is now open for scammers to scam and bureaucrats to sell favors.If past is prologue, there may be a scandal or two. The overriding positive, though, is that expanded energy conservation programs mean expanded training and job opportunities for remodelers and other building specialists.The Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy division, for example, has about $8 billion in ARRA funds to spend on state and local energy efficiency programs, with almost $5 billion going to the Weatherization Assistance Program – which the DOE launched in the early 1970s to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income people – and about $3 billion going to the State Energy Program, which, via rebates, will promote energy efficiency improvements for consumers, fund renewable energy and alternative-fuel projects, promote Energy Star products, and support other state energy efficiency programs.Watching where the money goesThe stimulus-funding surge has in fact precipitated more than a few blogs and newspaper stories about the bureaucratic challenges at hand and the surge in interest by job seekers.The weatherization program alone is expected to create 60,000 new jobs, 20,000 for those who do the weatherizing, 40,000 for those who supply equipment and materials, notes a recent blog posted on eGov Monitor, a U.K.-based online forum that covers U.S. public policy extensively. The DOE predicts that another 27,000 jobs will be created by State Energy Program initiatives.Weatherization specialists parry concerns about the potential for fraud by pointing out that auditing and oversight safeguards have been part of WAP since its inception and are designed to accommodate rapid expansion.“The level of scrutiny on this program is going to be extraordinary, as it should be,” Matt Rogers, the DOE’s senior advisor for stimulus fund implementation, told the Los Angeles Times. “If we are successful, people will understand we can create good jobs.”(In what turns out to be timely fashion, the DOE is presenting its 2009 National Weatherization Training Conference, for WAP staff and trainers from July 20-23 in Indianapolis. Weatherization Training Conferences are held biennially.)The LAT also notes that stimulus funding and tax breaks for efficiency and in both residential and commercial buildings already have prompted private-sector firms to double or triple their workforces.California, for example, will receive $411 million in stimulus efficiency funds, Maryland is getting $113 million, and Illinois will see nearly $350 million. Much of the stimulus money, however, also comes with a requirement that states adopt ongoing efficiency initiatives and set ever-higher standards. And that is an added incentive for energy-efficiency companies to participate.“It’s absolutely monstrous,” John Berger, chief executive of Standard Renewable Energy, a Houston-based efficiency company with offices in four states, told the paper, “both in terms of the opportunity for us and in terms of accomplishing what the objective was, which is use less energy.”Online sources for background and contactsSome of the websites identified below offer overviews of stimulus-funded programs. Some provide more-detailed information, including state and local contacts, about renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and incentives. Click on the bold highlighted text to get to the site. We’ll update the list as readers provide feedback.Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s State Energy Program project summaries, which include SEP contacts and links to state energy office websites.The EERE’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program site, which includes contact information for the EERE Information Center and background on the WAP, SEP, and on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, a $3.2 billion program that provides funding to local governments, Indian tribes, states, and territories to reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and for improvements in energy efficiency.The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, which provides extensive listings for state, local, utility, and federal incentives. The DSIRE includes directories for both renewable energy and energy efficiency.An ARRA funding overview provided by the Alliance to Save Energy, a coalition of business, government, environmental, and consumer groups that promote energy efficiency.The Alliance to Save Energy’s overview of the ARRA’s effects on the Weatherization Assistance Program.For general information about EERE programs, check out the EERE main page and the index page of energy.gov/recovery, the online source for information about stimulus spending.And for a review of the federal tax breaks available to consumers for upgrades in energy efficiency, check out the recent New York Times Q&A with Alliance to Save Energy’s president, Kateri Callahan.last_img read more

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tenorio says retired Helterbrand ‘hard to replace’ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FEU guard Jasper Parker. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Jasper Parker’s family flew from California to watch him play against University of the East, he knew he had to put on a show.Parker’s spirited efforts saw the Tamaraws take an all-important 79-63 win over the Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT And Parker said his family cheering him on made him play a notch better than in his previous outings.“I have to say I had a lot of inspiration today with my family here, we just needed to step up in the second half so I just felt like there had to be something done,” said Parker Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutParker finished with a season-high 18 points that went with eight assists as he led the Tamaraws to a 6-6 record.And half of Parker’s total points came in the fourth quarter where FEU outscored UE, 30-14. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Coach (Olsen Racela) has been telling me not to be afraid of taking the shot, my shots there so I just decided to take them,” said Parker.“The coaches told me I was being a little too passive so my being aggressive kind of helped the team out.”last_img read more

first_imgBelgium’s Kim Clijsters (R) with China’s Li Na pose for a photo prior to the start of their final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.Kim Clijsters finally won her first Australian Open title and the fourth major of her career, wiping tears from her eyes after she beat Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday in the Australian Open final.The result ended the outstanding run of Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final.Li appeared to become upset with some of the Chinese spectators in the crowd in the third set, and asked the chair umpire to intervene. She later complained about the flashes from photographers at center court.U.S. Open champion Clijsters’ win came in what is likely her last appearance at Melbourne Park – she said that 2011 could be her last full year on the tour.After the match, though, she appeared to qualify that – maybe “full” year means a restricted schedule for next year.Asked by a television interviewer if she would be back to defend her Australian Open title, she replied: “Yes, I would like to.”Clijsters, who has three U.S. Open titles, lost the 2004 Australian Open final to Justine Henin and has been reached the semifinals four other times.”I finally feel like you guys can call me Aussie Kim because I won the title,” Clijsters said at the trophy presentations, referring to her crowd favoritism that came from her former relationship with Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.”Even when things weren’t going good, you guys were really supportive of me and I really appreciate it.”Looking at Li, Clijsters said: “I think we’ll have a lot more tough battles to come, hopefully a few more Grand Slam finals would be nice.”It was the first night match for Li at Rod Laver Arena, where the cooler temperatures after the sun sets usually makes the hard court slower. But Melbourne warmed up late Saturday, making even the night conditions similar to what Li would have experienced in cooler day matches earlier in the tournament.Li, with her courtside humor and bubbly personality, endeared herself to the fans here and around the world. Back home, she was a huge hit.”The Chinese fans were prepared to express their feelings and shed their tears of excitement. We were just one step from victory,” China Central Television announcer Tong Kexin said Saturday. CCTV predicted that about 15 million people watched the match live on its sports channel.Li was at her joking best after her loss.”I think I played great tennis, but she played better than me,” Li said “After the match, back to the locker room, I make joke, tennis should only play one set.”Clijsters led 4-2 in head-to-head matches before the match, but Li beat Clijsters in the Sydney International final two weeks ago after the Belgian player had led 5-0 in the opening set.Li and Clijsters weren’t into any mind games before the match, seen outside the dressing room doors joking and smiling with each other. Li seemed uncharacteristically nervous in her pre-match TV interview, though, and that translated on to the court.Clijsters opened the match with an ace, winning the first game on four straight points, then breaking Li the same way for a 2-0 lead after just a few minutes.But Li found her range and seemed to lose her nervousness in the third game, breaking Clijsters and then holding for 2-2.The turnaround continued when Li saved two big break points, then broke Clijsters in the final game of the set. She set up two set points with a stinging forehand that Clijsters didn’t bother to run for, then two points later stunned Clijsters with a crosscourt forehand to close out the first set in 38 minutes.There were four straight service breaks to open the second set before Li held to lead 3-2. Then Clijsters held for the first time in four games to level the set at 3-3. Clijsters, with a backhand winner to the open court, broke Li in the next game to lead 4-3.After that service break, Li went up to chair umpire Alison Lang of Britain and asked: “Can you tell the Chinese don’t teach me how to play tennis.” That was in reference to some people in the crowd yelling out – apparently exhorting her to “finish her,” and “beat her,” and later “calm down” in Chinese that seemed to be bothering LiLi also snapped at her husband and coach, “stop shouting at me.”Clijsters, who dropped serve in four straight games from the end the first set, staged a remarkable turnaround, holding serve to open the deciding set and breaking Li’s service to take a 2-0 lead, just as she had in the opening set.The Belgian player went up 3-1 when Li again lost her service for the seventh time in the match, then held in the next to go up 4-1.Serving for the match at 5-3, Clijsters finished as she started it, taking four points in a row and winning the title when Li’s last forehand landed wide.After walking back to her chair, Clijsters buried her head in a towel. Li also had tears in her eyes on the other side of the court.Andy Murray will try to become the first British man in almost 75 years to win a Grand Slam singles title when he plays 2008 champion Novak Djokovic in the men’s final Sunday.- With inputs from AP advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTime flies sweetly when it flies at the pace of a football.Only yesterday, it seems, host Brazil was kicking off the World Cup with an unconvincing win against Croatia; and only yesterday, this time more literally, was Brazil getting a shellacking of historic proportions at the hands of Germany in,Time flies sweetly when it flies at the pace of a football.Only yesterday, it seems, host Brazil was kicking off the World Cup with an unconvincing win against Croatia; and only yesterday, this time more literally, was Brazil getting a shellacking of historic proportions at the hands of Germany in the semifinals. If Brazil was smug and dandy in that first game, a mediocre side with an bloated sense of entitlement, it was no better than a carcass in the second, carved up by German butchers looking for the juiciest, plumpest cuts.As this issue goes to press, we have had the pleasure of 62 of the 64 scheduled World Cup games. (Let me finesse that: 60 of those 62 completed games actually gave us pleasure; Iran vs Nigeria on June 16 and Ecuador vs France on June 25 were both distinctly unlovely.) Two games remain: the play-off for 3rd place, on July 12, between The Netherlands and a mortified Brazil; and the final, the next day, between Argentina and Germany, both deserving opponents in the ultimate contest for the Cup.As someone who has watched every single game played-yes, even those played simultaneously in the last round of the group stage, done by streaming one match on my laptop while the other played on TV-I’d like to offer readers a few observations. Some of these are strongly influenced by my son, with whom I watched all the games, and who knows more about football than could possibly be good for any 14-year-old. Let’s start with two termini, two ends: The first, the End of an Era for Spain; the second, the End of a Mystique, for Brazil.advertisementSpain’s dominion of world football was brief, and altogether late in coming in the long sweep of football history. It existed from 2008-14, spanning two European Championships and one World Cup (that of 2010, in South Africa). Spanish rule over world football coincided with the domination by Barcelona FC of European club football, its grandeur being such that Newsweek magazine once asked, in a cover story in June 2011, whether Barca was the best football team ever. (The story was by Jimmy Burns, a historian of Barcelona football, so the answer, naturally, was yes!)On June 13, only the second day of the World Cup, Spain’s reign was over after a 5-1 hammering by The Netherlands. The score was monstrous, and we all felt we’d watched a once-in-a-generation mauling of one titan by another. (Little did we know, then, what the first semifinal had in store for us.) The Spaniards lost their next game, too, to Chile, and were out of the Cup after two matches, an ignominious exit for the holders. These were more than just defeats: They were the end of an order. Barcelona has lost its lustre, as last season showed; and Spain, which derives its entire pattern of play, not to mention many of its players, from the Catalan club, has lost its lustre, too. I cannot foresee a Spanish return to football’s pinnacle.Worse than the dethronement of Spain, by far, was the humiliation of Brazil, on a night so catastrophic that no team will take the field against a Brazilian side in years to come and feel weighed down by awe. The majesty has gone: The emperor was shown to have no clothes.This was to have been Brazil’s World Cup. The cosmic script, as written by Brazilians, had them hosting a beautiful tournament, one awash with goals and flair, that would end with Thiago Silva, their captain, holding aloft the trophy on a cacophonous night at the Maracana Stadium in Rio. Neutral observers and unsentimental aficionados had an early sense that this script would go awry. Brazil beat Croatia with some help from a friendly Japanese referee, and couldn’t put a goal past Mexico’s goalkeeper in 90 minutes of huffing and puffing.  In the round of 16, it scraped past a doughty Chile by virtue of a penalty shootout, after a game in which its southern neighbours had matched it move for move. The quarterfinal against Colombia offered the evil omen before the nadir. In a brutal game in which Brazil sought to muscle its way past the twinkle-toed Cafeteros, the team lost Neymar to a robust tackle by its opponents: Live by the kick, die by the kick. Neymar was out for the rest of the Cup with a broken vertebra, and Silva, the captain, was forced out of the semifinal due to an accumulation of yellow cards.How on earth would Brazil beat the Germans without Neymar, its only goal-scorer, and Silva, its best defender? No one in Brazil knew, and no one in Brazil seemed to care. In the days before the Germany game, all focus was on Neymar, and it was a very mawkish focus. The injured player was sanctified; and accusations of cowardice were hurled at the Colombian defender who had fouled him. Amid all the wailing and raging, and the nationwide obsession with the ailing Neymar, no thought was given to tackling the Germans. And on the night of the game, it showed.advertisementLuiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil’s coach, must shoulder much of the blame. His was a shoddy squad, packed with mediocrity; it was packed, also, with the coach’s favourites. Fred, the forward, was a national embarrassment, bereft of technique and imagination, of skill and wit. And yet he played game after game, always starting, never being dropped. Fred wouldn’t have come within a country mile of any of the previous Brazilian World Cup teams. His presence in this one was proof of its inadequacy, its impotence.The quarter- and semifinals showed that the centers of world football power remain Europe and Latin America (and, more precisely, the national leagues of Spain, Germany, France, Holland and England). For all the pluck shown by the United States in reaching the last 16, and all the maturity and skill shown by Costa Rica in vaulting to the quarterfinals, the World Cup remains a tournament where the established powers thrive. My son and I scanned the schedule meticulously in the days before the opening game and made our predictions of the likely quarterfinalists. We were right on all teams but one: We had Italy down instead of Costa Rica.  The semifinals were merely a concentration of the phenomenon: Brazil (five-time winners) vs Germany (three-time winners); Argentina (twice winners) vs The Netherlands (thrice finalists). These teams, with Italy, are akin to the permanent members of football’s “security council.†But no one seems to mind. There is no clamour for a more equitable representation of teams from Other Places. Why should there be? The outsiders from Asia and Africa had their moments at this Cup, as they tend to do at most World Cups; but those were no more than moments, fleeting memories of an underdog getting in a bite or two before losing to the “overdog”.The final awaits us, the third time Argentina will face Germany for the Cup. For those tempted to say that the Germans should win, I have a single word of warning: Messi. He has had a lukewarm tournament so far, offering us a couple of goals of brilliance and setting up a couple of others. He has been hampered by his team, which gave him next to no support in the earlier stages. He is a game-changer.The Argentine team began to cohere in the quarterfinals against Belgium, but the loss, there, of Angel di Maria, handicapped them against The Netherlands. Di Maria is a playmaker of exceptional intelligence and flair, and should he recover from his thigh injury in time to play the final, the Albiceleste-the skyblue-and-whites-will be a match for the Germans.advertisementArgentina’s defence is rock solid, as the Dutch found in the semis, and as others found before them. Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, and Robin Van Persie were all kept at bay with remarkable success. Can you imagine any other team stifling Robben so completely that he could get his only shot on goal in the 9th minute of extra time-the 99th minute of the game?The Germans have their own great strengths, and are the most complete team of the Cup. They attack incisively with Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose; their midfield boasts the superb Sami Khedira; and their defence, with Philip Lahm restored to his God-given place as right-back, has overcome the lethargy of the group games, when Joachim Loew, the coach, miscast Lahm in the midfield.I end with a prayer: May the referee have a good night on June 13. May he be fair, may he let the game flow. May he not fall for dives and cheating, especially in the penalty box. May he not be trigger-happy with his cards, even as he is intolerant of brutality. May he, in short, let the best side win.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari confident keeping squad togetherby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he expects to keep his squad together.Solari was asked about the January transfer market and was asked if he expected to lose any players.”All of the players are part of this squad,” he told reporters.”I have no news.”What matters to me is this match, which we need to go into while humility and commitment.”Isco? He is a great player and he’ll keep making us happy.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

first_imgTagsMLS NewsSpanish Football NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​La Liga partners with Sling TV in USby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLa Liga has signed a content partnership with Sling TV for the 2019/20 season, including non-match broadcasts and promotional material, via a dedicated channel on the US TV streaming service, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The channel, called Sling TV La Liga Ambassadors Club, gives subscribers to the streaming platform access to content featuring former and current stars from the Spanish league as part of a tie-up with Facebook Live.Sling TV, which currently provides subscribers access to all La Liga regular season matches via an arrangement with the league’s US broadcaster partner BeIN Sports, will also offer users a chance to gain unique La Liga experiences and merchandise via platform-based competitions.The arrangement was announced by La Liga North America, a joint venture between Spanish soccer’s top-flight and Relevent Sports Group, the soccer events and media business in North America and Asia.As part of the agreement, Sling TV will feature weekly segments on the Luis Garcia Show and the Jimmy Conrad Show, hosted by Luis Garcia in Spanish and Jimmy Conrad in English respectively.Facebook users can also watch exclusive commentary ahead of the top four matches of the week via La Liga’s Facebook page. This comes as an addition to coverage available via Sling TV’s Best of Spanish TV service and its World Sports streaming package.La Liga North America’s chief executive, Boris Gartner, added: “Sling TV recognises the importance and growing demand for soccer and together we have a unique opportunity to bring La Liga and its clubs closer to fans in the United States.”Sling TV is available on smart televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers, smart phones and other streaming devices. last_img read more

first_img Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech #1 Way to Stop Any Pet’s Bad Behaviours Fast Arsenal defender Mustafi wants social media restrictions: My children will see thisby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi wants to see restrictions put on social media to stop trolling.The German has been outcast at the Gunners after a number of defensive mistakes last season.And after being constantly lambasted by supporters on social media, Mustafi fears for what his children will read about their father in the future.”Football has become more inhumane,” he said. “Social media has also contributed to this, because anyone can comment, without names. People can unload their frustrations directly on us.””It is no longer about the sport, but only to discredit someone to get as many likes as possible. I would like to see more restrictions in the future. “What’s on the internet will never disappear. And I’m worried that this will eventually affect my children.” RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Promoted10 hours agothis site Arsenal hero Van Persie: Ozil situation a shame About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the love Promoted10 hours agothis site Ajax hero Sjaak Swart on Chelsea defeat: Robbed! A capital blunder! Promoted5 decades agoU.S Green Card – Free Check Registration for the new Green Card Lottery is now open – Check your eligibility Promoted5 days agoGerman Bundesliga BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learn Have your say Recommended by Promoted2 days agothis site Chelsea suffer double midfield blow ahead of Ajax clash Promoted5 decades agoBabbel Language expert shares the secret to learning a language in 15 mins a day Promoted5 decades ago8fit Skip the Gym, Do This 10-Minute Workout Instead Promoted10 hours agothis site Woodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fans Promoted10 hours agoSpanish Liga Sevilla thump Europa League opponents Dudelange Promoted5 decades ago8fit How to Burn 300+ Calories in 10 minutes? Try this workout Promoted5 decades agoNext Tech Hong Kong: New WiFi Booster Stops Expensive Internetlast_img read more

first_imgtyvis powell and cardale jones pose for selfie at spring game.Twitter/@Landgrant33Cardale Jones and Tyvis Powell are extremely close, to the point where Powell often refers to the big quarterback as his “son.” They are also well known for pulling pranks on one another and cracking jokes at the other’s expense. During today’s Ohio State spring game, the Powell got the best of Jones, intercepting a pass. Jones, who is wearing a non-contact jersey, put a lick on Powell after the pick, but Powell definitely gets the best of his friend with the celebration, where he pretended to take a selfie with him.TYVIS POWELL FAKE SELFIE CELEBRATION DOT MP4 pic.twitter.com/6tqSrmdytk— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) April 18, 2015Jones and Powell are two of the most entertaining players in college football, and they also happen to be among the best on a team that is favored to repeat as national champions. Expect to see more of their comedic stylings as we head towards the 2015 season.last_img read more

first_imgOn NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Friday night, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges talked with special correspondent Chelsea Clinton about his work to end childhood hunger in America.You can watch the clip here.Describing Jeff’s work with Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry in an article on NBC.com, Clinton wrote, “Listening to his commitment and enthusiasm relaying progress on fighting childhood hunger through summer meal programs stretching from Arkansas to Montana was as compelling as any role he’s ever played on screen.”Bridges was interviewed in Las Vegas, Nevada as he visited a library where at-risk children receive free meals when school is out through the federal summer meals program. The following day, he joined Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to raise awareness of free summer meals to families in need, and the role Governors can play in expanding these programs.Summer is the hungriest time of year for many kids, as school meals disappear. Family food budgets are stretched tight with low-income parents reporting to spend $300 more on food each summer month. The federal summer meals program helps children get the healthy food they need when school is out. These free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens across the country, but only a fraction of those in need have access. Many low-income families don’t even know the summer meals program exists.Since 2010, Bridges served National Spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign and has been a tireless advocate for ending childhood hunger in America.“Jeff serves as a voice for the 16 million voiceless children who struggle with hunger in this country,” said Tom Nelson, President of Share Our Strength. “This summer, he’s traveling the country, working on-camera to raise awareness about summer meals, and behind-the-scenes to build the political will needed to surround children with healthy food every day of the year.”last_img read more

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