Barry Odom talks to a crowd gathered at Mizzou Arena as he is announced as the new head coach for the Tigers.COLUMBIA – The second time Barry Odom interviewed for the Missouri coaching job was supposed to be a rough ride to see how he’d react.“He wasn’t lying when he said they put me through the wringer,” Odom said Friday at his introductory news conference. “I was ready. Let’s make the decision, let’s go to work.”Athletic director Mack Rhoades took it as a plus when Odom showed some exasperation.“We intentionally tried to wear him out,” Rhoades said. “He got a little ticked off, which I liked. Just his fight and that competitive nature, those are things that I think are a few of the qualities a head coach needs.”Odom learned during the process that he needs to be a little more patient. He’s ready to roll up his sleeves and step into the big shoes left by Gary Pinkel, who resigned after the season while battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma.Pinkel sat in the third row for the introductory news conference alongside his wife, Missy, in direct view of the podium. The set-up was identical to that used for Pinkel’s farewell address in mid-November.“This is about hiring the best guy, and I believe in Barry Odom,” Pinkel said. “I was very happy when I found out.”In fact, Pinkel said he was nearly moved to tears watching a video of players mobbing Odom after the announcement. Many players had said they wanted Odom to get the job.“It wouldn’t be very good if I walk in and nobody jumps up,” Odom said. “They know what I bring to the table every day.”The school fight song played as Odom entered the arena with his wife and three children. Odom called the job “this wonderful, wonderful opportunity.”“I do have tremendous shoes to fill,” Odom said to a crowd of about 200 that included fellow coaches, former players and fans. “I want you to be very proud of the product we put on the field.”Rhoades said he targeted five candidates and that there was “great interest” in the job, but wouldn’t say how many were interviewed. Odom was offered the job on Wednesday and agreed to a five-year deal a day later.“It was detailed, it was fast-paced, it was rigorous,” Rhoades said. “We had other options. Coach Odom had other options.”The first interview was at Rhoades’ house and lasted about four hours. Rhoades came away thinking he had his man. After the second time through, he was certain of it.“He is the right person, this is the right time, this is the perfect fit to lead our program to that next level,” the AD said.Missouri finished 5-7 after winning consecutive SEC East championships in 2013-14. The defense stood out, though, ranked ninth in the nation. Odom will be in charge of assembling staff and he said no decisions have been made about Pinkel’s aides. For now, he said there’s also an urgency to recruit.Odom and men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson are both former Missouri players, Odom a former linebacker and captain of two bowl teams under coach Larry Smith and Anderson a star forward under coach Norm Stewart.“I think that’s pretty neat,” Anderson said. “I don’t know how many power five schools or major conference schools have that. I think it says something about our institution.”Pinkel said he recognized coaching potential in Odom when he first hired him as a graduate assistant in 2003, four years after Odom concluded his playing career. Missouri is 81-47 with Odom as part of the staff.“He’s remarkably competitive,” Pinkel said. “I just think he’s got all the intangibles it takes. He loves his players, and they know he loves them.”Odom also had been considered for the vacant spot at Memphis that went to Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell. Others considered for the position included Cal’s Sonny Dykes, Houston’s Tom Herman and Toledo’s Matt Campbell, who took the Iowa State job.Where to find the 21 best Christmas light displays in SpringfieldTrip back home is no big deal for Dorrian Williams? Think again
FOUR DOWN TERRITORY 1 Start strong: Alabama’s offense has been known to start strong. It outscores opponents 90-32 in the first quarter and 163-43 in the second quarter. A quick start will end Auburn’s hope of keeping it close. Alabama plays well in Bryant-Denny Stadium and draws on the energy of the crowd. An early lead will also put pressure on Auburn to keep up, which leads to mistakes. Alabama’s defense will also be motivated for a strong outing with a lead. 2 Revenge will be a factor: Many of the Crimson Tide players said this week that last year’s game has no bearing on this year’s game. They were just repeating what coaches were saying to them. The last-second loss on a missed field goal returned for a touchdown devastated the Crimson Tide, losing out on a national title appearance and creating a listless showing at the Sugar Bowl. Earlier in the year, players said the loss motivated them in the offseason. 3 It’s a must-win game: Yes, they all are. However, at this point of the season Alabama needs to defeat Auburn to earn a berth in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 6 against the East Division winner, Missouri or Georgia. A win there, and it’s on to the first College Football Playoff. A loss here drops the Crimson Tide into the Peach or Gators Bowl. And then there’s the whole Iron Bowl rivalry thing to claim. 4 Stay emotionally grounded: Even though it’s a must-win game with national championship ramifications in a rivalry game, the Crimson Tide must stay focused. Defenders must execute their tasks each play and not get caught up in doing someone else’s job. That’s how Auburn burns teams offensively. The offensive players must run the offense, move the ball and score like they usually do. They have to remind themselves that it’s just another football game, which they’ve played most of their lives. KEY MATCHUP Alabama’s secondary vs. Auburn QB Nick Marshall Marshall makes the offense go. He runs a steady diet of read-option where he gives the ball to the running back, runs it himself or throws the ball. That’s where the Crimson Tide secondary must be at its best. The defensive backs must play the pass first and not be fooled with play-action passes. At the same time, they must know when to support the run. “It’s definitely big,” cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “Just maintaining your focus, looking at the right things, not getting too caught up in the movements and things like that. Everybody on the field has stuff they’re supposed to be looking at, keying on so it’s definitely important we show that type of discipline of being able to look at the right things throughout the game.” BY THE NUMBERS 1: Number of receptions for another Amari Cooper record. Cooper has 194 career receptions, tied with DJ Hall for the Alabama record.15: Number of consecutive wins Alabama has in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The last loss for the Crimson Tide at home was against Texas A&M in 2012.17: Number of 11-win seasons in Alabama history. A Crimson Tide win over Auburn gives it an 11-win season for the 18th time in program history and the sixth under Saban. PREDICTION Alabama’s defense has improved dramatically since last season and should be able to contain the Tigers on the ground. Stopping them will be a matter of if the secondary can hold up against the pass. Expect Auburn to abandon its running game and attack the Crimson Tide through the air like other teams. Alabama’s offense is also much better. If Auburn gets its offense going, the Crimson Tide will be able to keep up. If the game is close, special teams will play a factor. Give Alabama the edge in punting and in coverage, but making a kick to win is not its forte. Alabama 24, Auburn 17. THE GAME When: 6:45 p.m. todayWhere: Bryant-Denny Stadium, TuscaloosaRecords: Auburn (8-3, 4-3 SEC), Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC)Line: Alabama by 9On the air: TV — ESPN. Radio — WDXX 100.1, WXFX 95.1, WTLS-FM 106.5, WTLS-AM 1300Twitter: @COkirkpatrick, @DuaneRankin, @Marq_BurnettHashtag: #RollTide
GambleAware donations top £10m for 2019/20 April 21, 2020 Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Leeds-based independent online gambling company, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G), has today announced that its graduate software academy is open for applicants.The academy programme represents a £1.5m investment in talent and will see around 25 graduates join the company in July 2016.It will last for 12 months and starts with a 14-week intensive burst of training where graduates will learn about Sky Betting & Gaming’s methodologies and improve their general business skills.For the remaining 9 months’, participants will go through a number of different rotational placements within our Bet, Gaming, Data and International Tribes. They are guaranteed a job with one of our tribes at the end of the programme.Participants will be paid a competitive full-time salary during the 12 months and those interested should apply at http://skybetcareers.com/graduates.A similar programme for those looking at commercial, rather than technology roles, will be launched in the next few weeks. Sky Betting & Gaming are happy to share their experience of the programme with other interested companies and the Leeds Digital Board.Andy Burton, Sky Betting & Gaming’s CTO, said: “I’m delighted that our software academy has now launched. Like many other tech companies in the region we are finding recruiting the right people increasingly difficult.“By investing in graduates now we hope to play our part in ensuring there’s a pipeline of tech talent in Yorkshire. I look forward to welcoming the first grads in the summer.” Yorkshire appoints Richard Flint as a ‘Welcome Advisor’ March 9, 2020 Related Articles William Hill closes Stockholm Gametek office July 1, 2020
Mike Harmon of Fox Sports caught up with Nestor this week to discuss all things NFL, including the preseason debut of the Los Angeles Rams.Who will start for the LA Rams? Which golden rule was broken by a Rams WR during the first Hard Knocks episode?To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Mike Harmon, listen here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Mike%20Harmon%20of%20Fox%20Sports%20Radio%20offers%20Nestor%20some%20counseling%20on%20making%20it%20through%20Orioles%20pennant%20race.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uk What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. DayZ Amazing Mods ~ More Cars, More Guns, More Gore! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 THE emphasis is on youth at Old Trafford, as their latest signing proves.This week, Manchester United swooped to sign Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Fernandez Carreras on a four-year deal.Alvaro Fernandez Carreras has signed for Man UtdCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe left-back became a free agent on June 30 after he failed to agree an extension with Los Blancos.It’s the second Spanish full-back the Red Devils have added to their youth ranks – following the capture of Barcelona wonderkid Marc Jurado for £1.5million back in June.And Carreras, 17, is equally as highly thought of in his homeland.A NEW DAWNThe explosive full back, who bares an uncanny resemblance to Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos, left the La Liga champions with a heavy heart.But the chance to move to the Premier League to aid his development was an offer too good to refuse.He said: “It was not an easy decision and I only have words of thanks, after having belonged to the White House these past 3 years, I have made the decision to leave this great club.“I wanted to thank all my teammates, and the entire coaching staff Real Madrid, for making me a better person and footballer.“It has been a real pleasure to wear this shirt, and represent this shield, it is time to say forever and take another path in my football career, take a step forward towards my dream, thank you Real Madrid!”Carreras, 17, was schooled by Real MadridCredit: InstagramThe left-back models his game on Brazilian legend MarceloCredit: InstagramMAJORCA-BORNCarreras was plucked from Deportivo La Coruna’s youth set up in 2017, where the Majorca-born talent spent five years developing his game. Before that, he was with another local team Racing de Ferrol – from 2007 to 2012.However, it was at Real Madrid his ability gained most traction, with United jumping at the opportunity to snap up the 6ft 1in defender.He was a regular at Under-15, 16 and 17 levels, before moving to Manchester.Carreras grew up in MallorcaCredit: InstagramThe Spaniard revealed it was a dream to move to the Premier LeagueCredit: Getty Images – GettyWHAT TYPE OF PLAYER IS HE?Keeping a close eye on Real Madrid legend Marcelo, Carreras has modelled his game on the Brazilian international.And the club’s official website gives an indication into the type of player United are getting.“Alvaro plays left-handed as his idol: Marcelo.“He is a quality defender and good at taking the ball from behind. He stands out technically and for his intelligence on the field. He is difficult to beat one on one.”Another talented youngster blossoming with the club, the future’s most certainly bright at United.Carreras will be joining his new Man Utd team-mates from next seasonCredit: InstagramCarreras is a pacy full back difficult to beat on a one-on-oneCredit: Instagram
By Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 21) – Sometimes racing is like baseball with timely hitting. Or as they say, “Getting hot at the right time.” If that is a true statement then IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Mike Mashl is golden for this week’s Clash at the Creek. Mashl has won the last two features that he has participated in at 141 Speedway. Adam Reed gave Mike Mashl everything he could on the opening lap. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, that would be the last battle for Mashl on his way to his second consecutive win. Mashl led through a variety of cautions throughout the first half of the race.Troy Jerovetz mounted a charge before the final caution came out with R.M. Van Pay in tow. Mashl stayed in front of everyone as it looked like a finishing order in the top three from Luxemburg Speedway from the 1990’s. Mashl took the win in front of Van Pay. Brian Mullen charged to a third place run. Brad Lautenbach wound up fourth and James Tebon flew from 16th starting spot to finish in the top five. Mashl has now led 62 consecutive laps as he scored another clean sweep event.A three-wide battle helped settle the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car outcome with four laps remaining.Luke Lemmens and Rod Snellenberger passed Rick Mahlberg at the line. Lemmens led one lap with Snellenberger snatching it away with three laps remaining. A couple cautions kept the field close to the point leader. Snellenberger pulled away from Lemmens for his third win of the season.J.J. Tuyls set up shop in front of the field early in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. A scary pile-up took place on lap three when Bill Edler spun and involved Kevin Bethke, Cody Schroeder, Andy Kleczka and Troy DeGrave. The incident took out some of the top contenders. Tuyls led out of the caution with Greg Potts in hot pursuit. Potts made his move on lap seven and never looked back. Brandon Long started the show in 13th and worked forward but ran out of laps. Long was able to reach inside of Potts on the final corner but would lose by half a car length. Potts picked up his first win of the season. Long was able to become co-point leader with his runner-up finish. Brandon Schmitt finished third in his first run of the season at the speedway. Brian Bruechert finished fourth with Tuyls solidly finishing fifth.
2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps)STOCK CAR “A1” (25 laps)STOCK CAR “A2” (25 laps)TRACK PREP10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP MODIFIED, STOCK CAR HOT LAPS – 1:30 pm Wednesday, September 9, 2015Racing ScheduleDRIVERS MEETING – 1 pmTRACK PREP 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps)MODIFIED “A1” (25 laps)MODIFIED “A2” (25 laps)6 – MODIFIED B’s (8 laps) FIRST RACE – 2 pmSPORTMOD “A” (25 laps)HOBBY STOCK “A” (25 laps)TRACK PREP10 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP10 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)TRACK PREP
Related iStock/Thinkstock(NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas) — Thirteen people, between the ages of 61 to 87, were killed Wednesday when a pickup truck collided with a church bus on a Texas highway, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.The bus was carrying senior adult congregants from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas, who were on their way home from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment, the church said.The Department of Public Safety said the truck driver, 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young, veered into the opposite lane of U.S. highway 83, crashing into the bus head-on with 14 people on board.Only one passenger on the bus — 64-year-old Rose Mary Harris — survived, authorities said. She was hospitalized in critical condition.The bus driver and the remaining 12 passengers died.Eight of the victims were in their 80s, officials said. The oldest were 87-year-old Harold Boyd Barber of New Braunfels and 87-year-old Mildred Goodlett Rosamond also of New Braunfels, officials said.The youngest of the 13 victims was 61-year-old Rhonda Barlow Allen of New Braunfels, the Department of Public Safety said.Young was hospitalized in stable condition, officials said.The National Transportation Safety Board is involved in the investigation.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Dear Editor,President David Granger has now formally declared in writing that he is abrogating the constitutional provision (Article 161) that the chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) must be appointed by the President, from a list of persons who meet one of three qualifications: a person who is or was a Judge, a person qualified to be a Judge or a person who is considered because of other qualifications to be fit and proper to serve as the GECOM chair. In effect, by his letter to the Leader of the Opposition, Granger has signed an Executive Order suspending a part of the Constitution. For me, this is executive lawlessness and Presidential Malfeasance. In addition to effectively suspending Article 161, Granger has also essentially re-inserted a provision previously deleted more than 20 years ago in 1995 by a unanimous vote of Parliament. The deleted provision in the 1980 Constitution provided that the only person qualified to be the chair of the Elections Commission was a person who is or was a Judge or a person eligible to be a Judge. In his letter to the Leader of the Opposition this past week, President Granger essentially imposed this deleted provision of the Constitution; in effect, declaring he is disavowing the 1995 constitutional amendment of Article 161.Under an agreement in 1991 brokered by former US President Jimmy Carter, it was agreed to extend the pool of persons who could be considered qualified by the addition of a third category of qualifications. This was formalised by a constitutional amendment in 1995 by a parliamentary vote in which every member voted in favour. Desmond Hoyte voted to make this change. While Granger was not a parliamentarian at the time, Moses Nagamootoo, his Prime Minister now; and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, his Education Minister; were, and they voted for this change.Since 1991, using this constitutional provision, more than 90 per cent of the persons nominated to serve as the chair of GECOM have been persons who satisfied the third category of qualifications. David Granger himself was twice nominated in this category. Moreover, ALL of the appointed chair of GECOM since 1991 have come from this category. Until now, no one ever asserted the asinine idea that the Constitution prefers only a Judge.No law or any amendment of the Constitution can be made by the President by himself and in his own deliberate judgment. Only Parliament can make laws. The Constitution cannot be changed, except by Parliament or by a National Referendum. David Granger is acting recklessly and unlawfully when he decides that he prefers a disavowed law to the actual law. He is committing presidential malfeasance. He is effectively discarding the Constitution approved by the Parliament for one created by an Executive Order.I am encouraged that a private citizen, who happens to be the brother of Granger’s son-in-law, an A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Minister, has decided to challenge in court this irresponsible behaviour of the President. The Leader of the Opposition had previously recommended to the President that the Government and the Opposition jointly approach the Caribbean Court of Justice to provide guidance on the constitutional requirement for persons eligible to be the GECOM chair. One wonders why Granger and APNU/AFC are afraid to accept this recommendation.For Granger, presumably on the advice of Basil Williams, his Attorney General, to insist that the GECOM chair must be a Judge is offensive. If this is what the stakeholders meant or intended, then why did they agree to a new formula which was implemented in 1990 and which was statutorised in the Constitution by a unanimous vote in 1995? I was present at the meeting with Jimmy Carter when the intention was agreed to. Cheddi Jagan, Gail Teixeira and Rupert Roopnaraine were there too. There was no ambiguity. It was never intended then or in any way suggested that a Judge or someone who could be a Judge was a preferred person. For anyone to read the 1995 constitutional requirement as a preference for a Judge only is absolute hypocrisy and sheer stupidity and wilful abrogation of the Constitution.The truth is APNU/AFC has already decided who they want to be the chair of GECOM. It is part of a broad strategy to rig the 2020 elections. This obfuscation is setting the stage to reject the second list from Bharrat Jagdeo. Even if the Leader of the Opposition nominates six Judges, they all will be rejected and Granger will appoint the chair in his own deliberate judgment. But in so doing, he will be acting as a dictator, in total contravention of the Constitution. By insisting that the nominees must be a Judge or someone who could be a Judge, Granger is imposing his own law. He is guilty of presidential malfeasance.When anyone disrespects and disobeys the Constitution, a nation’s democracy is threatened. When that someone is the President, the country is doomed. We must as a people resist this confounded nonsense.Yours truly,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
“I think I can, with a very clear conscious, support it.” The rate increases come as the DWP launches a five-year, $1 billion plan to upgrade its power system, which suffered massive outages during last summer’s record-breaking heat wave. Much of the DWP’s power system – poles, cables and circuits – were installed in the post-World War II building boom and need to be replaced. At the same time, the utility is trying to expedite repairs to the water system, while training and hiring more employees to handle construction and maintenance. “I believe the investments we’re going to make are very important to the future of the city,” DWP General Manager Ronald Deaton said. “These rates pay for the investments we need to make in both the water system and power system over the next three to five years, maybe a decade.” DWP officials said they have clamped down on wasteful spending, and that Los Angeles residents pay among the lowest rates in Southern California. Southern California Edison, which serves most residents outside the city of Los Angeles, charges nearly twice as much as the DWP for power. But the city-run utility will likely face some criticism from ratepayers because of its history of free-spending on public relations, extracurricular programs for employees and contracts with outside firms. “For many years they have been squandering our money in those ways, and I haven’t yet seen anything where they have cut the bureaucracy,” said Reseda Neighborhood Council President Garth Carlson. “If they would get their house in order, I wouldn’t have a problem with a rate increase because, let’s face it, our infrastructure is terrible.” Upgrades priority Soledad Garcia, who heads a coalition of neighborhood councils that oversees DWP issues, said upgrading the infrastructure should be the utility’s first priority – even if it means cutting other programs or the millions of dollars it transfers annually to the city’s general fund. “The 40 to 70 years of deferred maintenance, that should be your top priority, even to the detriment of your annual transfer and special projects that are not directly related to water projects,” Garcia told the board. The proposed utility hikes come slightly more than a year after the city imposed a $7-a-month trash fee to pay to expand the Los Angeles Police Department. They would start in January, when a 2.9 percent increase would kick in. Officials estimate that would raise an average customer’s bimonthly bill by roughly $3.50. Hikes in phases Six months later in July 2008, the average customer’s bill would go up an additional $5.50 when power and water rates both increase by roughly 3 percent. The final installment of water and power hikes comes in July 2009, adding another $5.50 to the average customer bill. In areas like the San Fernando Valley – where large lots and soaring summer temperatures result in higher water use – bimonthly bills are expected to jump $6 in both 2008 and 2009. The water-rate increases would generate $101 million to cover the cost of replacing aging pipelines, repairing environmental damage in the Owens Valley – the source of most of the city’s water – and covering open reservoirs to meet water-quality requirements. The DWP increased water rates last year by 2.75 percent, raising the average bill by $24 a year. Rates will go up again by 2.75 percent on July 1. The power-rate increases would generate $316 million for upgrades in power transmission lines, transformers and overall electrical reliability. This would be the first increase to base power rates since 1992. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390 DWP RATES Here are the basic rate hikes approved Tuesday for Department of Water and Power customers. Actual percentages will vary slightly on customer bills. WATER RATES 2004: 11% (first increase since 1993) 2005: None 2006: 2.75% 2007: 2.75% 2008*: 3.1% in July. 2009*: 3.1% in July. POWER RATES 2004: None 2005: None 2006: 2.5% 2007: 3.9% 2008*: 2.9% in January; 2.9% in July. 2009*: 2.7% in July. *Proposed160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles residents would pay 6 percent more for water and 9 percent more for electricity over the next two years to cover the cost of replacing the city’s outdated utility systems, DWP officials said Tuesday. The rate hikes are part of a $4 billion budget for fiscal 2007-08 that was tentatively approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. While the agency plans to consult with neighborhood councils and hold at least six public hearings before adopting the rates in October, board members indicated they support the proposed hikes. “I think we have to face up to the investments that we must make. We have to have a very honest conversation with the people of Los Angeles that those investments don’t happen for free,” said board President H. David Nahai. “When people realize you have choices to make between outages on the one hand and investing in reliability on the other hand, I think the people of L.A. will vote for the investments we’re proposing.