Miracle On Ice Goalie Selling His Gold Medal, Mask, Skates

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — It took a miracle for Jim Craig to win a gold medal in hockey at the 1980 Olympics, but, after 36 years, he’s willing to let it go.The former goaltender has put the medal up for sale at an ongoing public auction along with the jerseys, mask, skates and stick he used during victories over the Soviet Union and Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Games.Craig, who now works as a motivational speaker in St. Petersburg, Florida, said that his decision to part with 17 relics from the games, including an American flag that was draped over his shoulders following the victory over the Soviets, “has nothing to do with money.”The 59-year-old said he decided to sell the collection, valued at more than $5 million, because he “didn’t know what to do with it” after it spent years on display in museums.“I think I’m providing an opportunity for people to cherish it and enjoy it where it would’ve went into hibernation,” Craig said next to a display in a Manhattan conference room that included his scuffed skates and yellowed goalie mask.“Hopefully, someone gets that flag and it’s flown in the White House, or something, where it deserves to be.”Craig said it will be most difficult to part with the medal, which is expected to fetch between $1 million and $1.5 million through the Bohemia-based online auction house Lelands.com, because to him it represents the success he achieved through the sacrifices of his parents and coaches.He said he didn’t want to choose which of his two kids would get the prized medal and wanted to set up trust funds for them.He also wants to donate more to charities and is helping support the family of his nephew, who died at age 41 from cancer and left behind four children.Craig is not the only member of the Miracle on Ice team to part with his Olympic gear.Forwards Mark Pavelich and Mark Wells auctioned off their gold medals, while captain and left wing Mike Eruzione and defenseman Ken Morrow sold their game jerseys.Lelands.com chairman Josh Evans said Craig’s collection, which is on auction through June 17, is exciting “because it represents not just sports but Americana.”Years after the intense hockey rivalry, Craig said he remains friends with a couple of the Red Army players he defeated in 1980, including Vladimir Lutchenko, who helped coach Craig’s kids in hockey in Massachusetts.“The legacy is that we won in so many different ways, not just a hockey game,” Craig said. “Every day, every year, I learn more about how important it was.”(RACHELLE BLIDNER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hockey World Cup 2018: India begin campaign vs South Africa with focus on topping group

first_imgIndia are all set to begin the Hockey Men’s World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha with their opener against South Africa on Wednesday at 19:00 IST.India are placed in Pool C alongside Belgium, Canada and South Africa. India will take on Belgium on December 2 and will be up against Canada on December 8.India’s 18-man squad will be shouldering a lot of expectations and responsibilities as they aim to shine bright in a World Cup at home. Sure they will have the crowd behind them and considering it is happening in Bhubaneswar, a lot of crowd but with that comes a huge amount of pressure and it remains to be seen how the team will deal with that.India have won only a single World Cup to date when Ajit Pal Singh and his men gave India their only title back in 1975. Despite being the hockey giants for ages, at the World Cup somehow, India have always faltered.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULEOn the other hand, arch rivals Pakistan are the most successful team in the World Cup, having won the tournament four times.Even then, both India and Pakistan have been struggling to live up to their old and golden era while Australia, Spain, Netherlands and Argentina have been soaring high.India’s best performance since the start of the 21st century has been an eighth-place finish that they clinched during the 2010 edition of the tournament, which was held in New Delhi. India finished ninth in the last edition at The Hague, Netherlands.advertisementOn the other hand, the Aussies are bidding to win an unprecedented third straight title.India’s squad for the World Cup is as follows:Coach: Harendra SinghGoalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur PathakDefenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit RohidasMidfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (Vice-Captain), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, SumitForwards: Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet SinghOut of the 18 players in the squad, seven are from the junior World Cup-winning squad, which also clinced the title two years ago in Lucknow under Harendra Singh.Hockey World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Online Coverage on Hotstar, Star SportsPlayers like Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Sumit, Mandeep Singh and goalkeeper Krishan Bahadur Pathak have been selected in India’s squad.Harendra Singh defended the presence of several junior players saying it’s not a “young team” and they are good enough to creat history.”Constitution gives us the right to marry after 18. So this is not a young team. It’s a team that can create history,” Harendra said on the eve of India’s opening match against South Africa on Wednesday.”You have to have patience. Selectors have considered the young players to be good enough to wear India colours, so we need to be proud of them. Every player in the team understands it. My advice to the players would be to stick to the basics and strategy and consider crowd as 12th man and use their energy,” he added..@HarendraSingh66, lays it out that the Indian Team will stick to the basics and put in their best efforts to garner 3 points in their first match of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 against @SA_Hockey. #IndiaKaGame #DilHockey #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/6SsQDRWw13Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 27, 2018Citing the example of Ireland, who went on to win the women’s World Cup earlier this year despite being rated as underdogs, Harendra said India first aim would be to top Pool C and qualify directly for the quarter-finals.”Did anyone think Ireland will reach women’s hockey World Cup final and Croatia will make it to FIFA WC final. Every team works on their strategy. It’s about that particular day. We want to top the pool and avoid crossovers because then we will get an extra day and know who we will play in the quarters,” the chief coach said.Coach Harendra Singh is under some considerable pressure after the heartbreak at Asian Games wherein favourites India lost to lower-ranked Malaysia in the semi-final before settling for a bronze medal.Harendra said said that the team has forgotten about Asian Games, learnt from it and moved on.”The hard fact is that all of us have forgotten the Asian Games defeat and you should also forget. We learn from history, gain experience but there is no point recalling it. We took collective responsibility. We don’t talk about it now in our meetings, he said.advertisement”The team has put the past behind them and have assimilated all the learning which they could from their @asiangames2018 experience”, says @HarendraSingh66. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/GZtFhKShygHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 27, 2018Ranked 10 places above world no. 15 South Africa, India will go into their tournament-opener as overwhelming favourites.”We understand that the first match is important in every tournament. It releases 40 to 50 per cent of pressure. We want full points from the first match. But for points, we can’t forget and sacrifice the basics of hockey, the strategy,” he said.”We won’t compromise on playing attacking hockey against any team. We want to think ahead of the opponents.”With two matches scheduled for each day, there are significant gaps between matches in the 16-team World Cup and Harendra supported the format, saying it will help all the teams to come out with fresh legs in every game.”I support this format as a coach. Hockey is a fast-paced, result oriented, highly demanding game. It (the gaps) will help us to come out with fresh mind and legs in every match,” he said.Conceding last minute goals has been India’s perennial problem in the last few years but Harendra said it is with all hockey playing nations.”We always discuss India concede last-minute goal to lose. It has happened in the last 4-5 years, including the Asian Games. But that doesn’t only happen with the Indian team. I can give you history where other teams also have lost the same way,” he said.India captain Manpreet Singh too said that their main focus is on topping the pool and avoid cross-overs.”We are not focussing on crossovers. If we top the pool, we should not worry about it. We are focusing on our first match,” he said.”We have improved over the last 3-4 years. Before that we had never won FIH medals but now we have won Hockey World League bronze, then silver at the Champions Trophy (earlier this year). Now it’s the World Cup and we have to show that we have improved at the highest level.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: India hope to end Australia, European dominance in BhubaneswarAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018 opens to colourful opening ceremonyAlso Read | India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sAlso watch –last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Virat Kohli as good as anyone I have seen, says pace great Dennis Lillee

first_imgLegendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee has heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the India captain has the technique and determination that makes his one of the greats of the game.Lille, who gave nightmares to opposition batsmen, added Virat Kohli’s ability to see the ball early and give himself that extra bit of time is as good as anyone.Dennis Lillee’s comments come days after Virat Kohli slammed his 25th Test century in the second of the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia in Perth. On a pace and bounce-rich wicket at the Perth Stadium, the right-hander made batting look easy while making 123 runs off 257 balls.India though failed to win the Perth Test as skewed team selection and some ordinary batting performance in the second innings saw them fall short of the 287-run target by 146 runs.”I think he is a great player, There is no need for me to even say because everyone knows that. What makes Virat great is first of all great technique, determination, balance and the time he has got to play the deliveries,” Lille told Anandabazar Patrika.The fast bowling great added: “He seems to see the ball early and all great batsmen have those four things. Technique, determination, balance and the ability to see the ball early. Virat is as good as anyone I have seen.”Lillee likens Bumrah to ThomsonLauding Jasprit Bumrah for his exploits Down Under, legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee compared him with Jeff Thomson, saying the India pacer is ‘outside the guidelines of normal fast bowling’. Bumrah is the highest wicket-taker for India after the first two Tests with 11 scalps to his name.advertisement”I think Jasprit Bumrah is very very interesting. He runs off a very short run-up. He jogs and then bowls with a very short run. He has got straight arms. His bowling is not text book by any means, but it works. He is very different from other pace bowlers, which reminds me of another fast bowler of my era, who was very different from everyone else – Jeff Thomson,” Lille said.”He is not as fast as Jeff Thomson was but similar in the sense that they were outside the guidelines of normal fast bowling action or technique.”.Asked about India fielding four pacers in the second Test which they lost by 146 runs, Lillee said it is not only fast bowlers, India is producing quality bowlers at the moment.”It’s very satisfying to see that. But you know what, it’s’ not just about fast bowlers, India is now producing quality fast bowlers. They are so well equipped in the pace bowling department now that if they have to pick four, they can pick four. And whatever little I have seen of them, they are very very good Test bowlers. I am pretty impressed with the way they bowled in the first two Test matches in Australia. They could have had a bit more luck, I guess.”Lillee picked the Australian quicks ahead of Indians, adding that Nathan Lyon’s addition helps with the workload.”I think both the teams have got very good pace attacks. But, in my opinion, Australia’s pace attack, on the day and on song, are the better one.”And they are lucky enough to have a very good off-spinner who backs them up, keeps the pressure on, bowls lot of overs. That helps too.”In fact, India have a top spinning option in Ashwin too and I am sure the Test that is coming up in Melbourne will see each side having three good fast bowlers and a quality spinner. That will be excellent to watch, I am looking forward to it.”Also Read | Australia branding Kohli a villain like pot calling the kettle black: Aakash ChopraAlso Read | Mitchell Starc hopes new Melbourne pitch produces lively Test encounter vs IndiaAlso See:last_img read more

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With MS Dhoni out of focus, Virat Kohli and selectors eye middle-order solutions

first_imgAfter much hullabaloo, the selection of the Indian team for the West Indies tour will take place on Sunday afternoon in Mumbai and along with the five-wise men — led by M.S.K. Prasad — skipper Virat Kohli will also be physically present in the meeting. While there were reports trying to magnify Kohli’s presence in the meeting as something extraordinary, the BCCI constitution speaks of the captain being present either through call or in person.Coming to the selection meeting, while the mystery over M.S. Dhoni and his future was solved on Saturday morning as the former India skipper informed the board that he is taking a 2-month sabbatical, all eyes will be on the selectors to see if they start the process of preparing for the 2023 World Cup from this tour itself. After all, good teams start preparing no sooner than one campaign gets over. England did just that after being ousted in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.While Kohli has decided to now make himself available for the limited-overs series of the tour, there will still be quite a few fresh faces, especially after a gruelling season that saw the Indian players first play the Indian Premier League and then the World Cup. The Indians will first play the limited-overs series – three T20Is and three ODIs between August 3 and August 14 — before starting their campaign in the Test championship with two Tests in Antigua and Jamaica.The selectors are expecting a few fitness reports, but it will be unlikely that either Shikhar Dhawan or all-rounder Vijay Shankar will be a part of the touring party. The pace battery of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are also likely to be given a break and that would then see youngsters like Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed being given a go.advertisementIn the batting too, the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill and Manish Pandey could be given a go-ahead. In fact, it could be a case of the Indian selectors finally giving Shreyas Iyer a chance at the number four spot. At present, Gill and Iyer are the two players who definitely have the arsenal to stand tall and hold fort at that position. While Gill has scores of 62 and 77 in his last two games for India ‘A’ against West Indies ‘A’, Iyer has a 77 (first game) and 47 (third game).Batting coach Sanjay Bangar came under the scanner for failing to produce a number four batsman despite being with the team for quite some time now. “The batting coach must have answers for the number 4 question since it is obvious that it was the team management that was asking for certain players to be included,” a senior BCCI official told IANS.In the spin bowling department too, some changes can be expected if the selectors do decide to give young turks like Rahul Chahar or Shreyas Gopal a chance. While Kuldeep Yadav is most likely to miss the flight after a dismissal show in the World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal too could be rested since he has been playing non-stop.Rahul impressed in the IPL and picked up 13 wickets in 13 games and was a key figure in Mumbai’s triumph. Gopal also had a brilliant IPL for Rajasthan Royals. Apart from bagging 20 wickets from 14 matches, Gopal achieved the rare feat of dismissing both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in the same innings, not once but twice.The West Indies tour will also be a litmus test for coach Ravi Shastri after India’s exit in the semi-final stage of the World Cup. While it was a case of a one-off bad day, the fact that the head coach’s contract is up for renewal means that the performance of the team in West Indies will play a role in deciding if Shastri is handed an extension.While the team has done well under Shastri, the credentials of the candidates applying will also be considered by the ad-hoc Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that is being formed by the Committee of Administrators.It has also been said that while skipper Kohli played a pivotal role in Shastri being appointed coach last time round, the captain will have no say when it comes to picking the head coach this time round. But it will be interesting to see if the ad-hoc CAC does indeed ignore the suggestions of the captain because at the end of the day, the coach has to work closely with the captain to ensure that the team achieves successful results.advertisementSimilarly, it will be a test for Kohli as well after certain sections have spoken about the possibility of handing deputy Rohit Sharma the mantle of captaincy in the shorter formats. While the talks have been refuted by some board officials, there is never smoke without fire.While Dhoni’s position is clear for the next two months, the selectors must look at the job at hand and that is to lay the foundation stones with an eye on the 2023 World Cup and that means giving youngsters like Rishabh Pant a go. While there are a few other options as well with the likes of Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson showing their brilliance on and off on the domestic scene, for the moment it has to be Pant who deserves a go as he has shown sparks which even skipper Kohli has taken note of.As for the selectors, there can’t be a better opportunity than the series against West Indies to give the youngsters a chance to cement their positions in the side, keeping the 2023 World Cup in mind.Read more | World Cup 2019: Senior Indian cricketer under scanner for flouting ‘family clause’Also see:last_img read more

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BioLite BaseCamp is King of the Grills

first_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Whether you’re an avid camper or simply love to grill but are dealing with a small space, BioLite has the answers to all of your cooking needs. And though we love all of their products, we’re especially psyched about one of their newest and coolest tools, the BaseCamp.BioLite BaseCamp is so much more than a camping stove. It converts heat into usable electricity for large format cooking or charging. So as you’re burning branches and small pieces of firewood, the heat flows through a thermoelectric generator which powers a fan and sends surplus electricity to the USB charging port. Simply plug in your electronics to juice them up, or use the heat-generated electricity to power the included flexible USB light to illuminate a nighttime grill session. BaseCamp also features an internal fan that forces air back into the burn chamber which improves combustion to create a cleaner, more productive burn. An ashtray below the fuel rack catches debris to keep your campsite clean.The BaseCamp is small and portable, equipped with a carrying handle and folding legs for adjustable cooking height. It’s also designed with a one-touch lever that instantly transforms the cooking surface to either concentrate or disperse the flame. We’ve used it to grill everything from veggie kabobs to sausages, but BaseCamp has an additional option that makes it stand out from the rest—a pizza stone. Aptly dubbed the PizzaDome, this attachment includes a triangular base to evenly distribute the flame, a domed lid and a ceramic pizza stone that will perfectly crisp up your favorite pies.Cooking with the BaseCamp will do more than simply make your next meal perfect. Throughout many countries in India and sub-Saharan Africa, people die every day from smoke inhalation from cooking in their own homes. So a portion of every BioLite sale gets reinvested into the company’s initiatives to bring clean cooking and energy to thousands of families in developing nations.Just for you, Manual readers, BioLite has lowered the price of the BaseCamp from $299.95 to $199.95 so you can save $100 on this incredible cooking tool. When you’re ready to fire up the grill, make your first meal this delicious pizza from Ted Rosen, the excellent chef behind all of the delicious food featured in this video.Pizza with Roasted Corn, Market Tomatoes & Bacon12-15” pizza dough.5 cup Parmesan cream.5 cup roasted corn.5 cup fontina cheese (or any other tasty melting cheese), grated or cut into small cubes.25 cup (or more) rendered guanciale.5 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (or large ones cut into quarters).25 cut thin sliced red onionThe Dough:This is an incredibly simple pizza dough that won’t take long to make and won’t leave you covered in flour. If you have a dough recipe you like, by all means, go for it. Don’t have time to make dough? Make friends with your local pizza shop and ask them for a round of dough. They should be more than willing to oblige.Yield: 1 Large Pizza or 2 small pizzas3 cups AP flourOne packet of instant yeast1 cup lukewarm water1 tbsp honeyIn the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, combine flour and yeast and mix for 10 seconds to roughly combine. Mix in water and honey and with the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the water into the bowl. Let the mixer work for 7 minutes then rest for 5 minutes. If the dough looks too dry at this point, add a tablespoon of water. If too wet, throw in a pinch of flour. Turn the mixer back on for another 5 minutes or until a smooth, tacky (but not sticky) ball forms. Transfer the ball of dough to a bowl greased with olive oil and let it proof for at least one hour at room temperature. If you’re going to make pizza right then, remove the ball of dough from the bowl and, on a well-floured work surface, begin rolling out the dough until the desired size is reached. If you’re making the pizza ahead of time, roll it into a tight ball and wrap with plastic. Store in the fridge until 1 hour before intended use.The Bacon:Really, any bacon will work in this recipe. I like using smoked pork jowl (aka smoked guanciale, aka face bacon) because of its sweet flavor and silky texture. Any good butcher worth their weight should carry something you can work with..5 pound smoked guanciale cut into .25-inch piecesIn a shallow pan, render the pork jowl on medium-low heat until it just begins to crisp. Don’t take it all the way to crispy as it will cook further on top of the pizza. Reserve any rendered fat for a rainy afternoon.Parmesan Cream:This is just as good of a pizza topping as it is a topical cream. Throw it in pasta sauces, garlic bread, use it as toothpaste—whatever floats your boat.Yield: about 1 Quart1 quart heavy cream1 medium yellow onion, small dice.5 cup Parmesan cheese rinds (if you can’t find rinds, use .25 cup shredded parmesan)1 tbsp Olive OilIn a small saucepan, sweat the onions in olive oil on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes. Add the cream and Parmesan rinds and reduce to a simmer. Let the cream reduce for an additional 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rinds steep for 10 minutes. Remove the rinds and pour the cream mixture into a heatproof container and store in the fridge.Roasted Corn:Because the corn is one of the main components of the pizza, getting good corn is important here.6 ears sweet corn, shucked2 tbsp olive oil (or better yet, use the rendered pork fat we made earlier!)Salt and pepper to tastePreheat your oven to 500 F or turn on your BioLite BaseCamp grill.Rub the ears of corn with olive oil or bacon fat and season with salt and pepper. Roast or grill for 8 minutes or until the corn is nicely charred. If it’s not fully cooked, that’s ok. It’s going to cook again on the pizza.Allow the corn to cool to a temperature that you’re comfortable handling and shave off the kernels into a bowl. Set aside until pizza time.Let’s Make A Pizza!Preheat your oven (ideally with a pizza stone) as hot as it will go. Better yet, fire up your Biolite Pizza Stone!Roll your pizza dough out onto a well-floured pizza peel or an upside down sheet pan. Spread the Parmesan cream into an even, thin layer as you would tomato sauce. Place dots of fontina all around the pizza. Sprinkle the corn, bacon and tomatoes evenly and then top with thinly sliced red onion.Carefully slide the pizza onto the stone or put the whole sheet pan in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the pizza is nice and bubbly.Video by Max Schwartz The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Editors’ Recommendations Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Outlast_img read more

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Governors peace meeting in Bengal inconclusive

first_imgKolkata: A meeting called by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi with four political parties to create a harmonious situation in the state riddled by political violence remained “inconclusive” on Thursday. Emerging out of the Raj Bhavan, state BJP Vice President Jay Prakash Majumdar said that the Governor came up with a five-point set of suggestions but the representative of the ruling Trinamool Congress said he could not endorse it before talking to Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banereje. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga Majumdar appreciated Tripathi’s initiative and said his party would support any step that would stop the ongoing violence and bring peace. However, he said the very fact the Governor had to convene the meeting proved there was no peace in the state. Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, who attended the meeting, did not speak to the media. CPI-M politburo member Mohammad Salim alleged the Trinamool and BJP were trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the state. The move came after Tripathi had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday and apprised them of the situation in the state. Chief Minister Banerjee has accused Tripathi of misquoting the number of dead in the post-poll violence in the state and claimed eight people, out of 10, from her party had been killed in clashes after the recent general elections.last_img read more

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Ashley Greene And Chris Daughtry Take Part In Super Sweet Toy Drive

first_imgAshley Greene, Chris Daughtry, Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Tom Sandoval, Stephen Kramer Glickman and Drake Bell rolled up their sleeves up to design cupcakes for children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Super Sweet Toy Drive at Duff’s Cake Mix on Tuesday, March 17th at 6pm.Rachel-Ann Mullins, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Ashley Greene and Chris DaughtryCredit/Copyright: Lisa RhymerGuests donated over two vans full of toys for the children and teens at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Ashley Greene posed for photos with fellow celeb pal and event organizer, Stephen Kramer Glickman. The Twilight star brought a huge teddy bear (perfect for upcoming Easter holiday) and Superman and Despicable Me gift boxes for the Toy Drive. Ashley designed adorable cupcakes that she took photos of later and gave away to one of the fans on the street as she was leaving. Chris Daughtry donated a guitar for the silent auction – which raised a generous donation for the Children’s Hospital.Chris Daughtry with a Batman cake that he decoratedCredit/Copyright: Lisa RhymerAubrey Anderson-Emmons and Nolan Gould posed for photos in the Duff’s Cake mix photo booth while Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix stopped by to decorate a few cupcakes before getting distracted by the original Batman vintage car parked outside of Cake Mix.Ashley Greene getting into decoratingCredit/Copyright: Lisa RhymerAwesome gifts for the silent auction were also generously donated by Hasbro, Gentle Giant Toys, Crosley Records, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Gibson Guitars and many more. All benefitting CHLA, and hoping to make a difference in these children’s lives.last_img read more

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US NGO Congratulates Moroccan Sardine Fishery on Sustainability Progress

Rabat – The US NGO “Sustainable Fisheries Partnership” (SFP) welcomed “the extraordinary progress” of the Moroccan sardine fishery improvement project (FIP), the ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said in a statement.The project has achieved significant increases in scores on the Marine Stewardship Council FIP benchmark tool during its two years of operation and has the highest possible “A” progress rating on the SFP Fishsource database, SFP said.”The management framework has greatly improved since the project started, with both stocks subject to a management plan, and while this aspect is still evolving, the most recent stock assessments show that Moroccan-managed stocks are generally in good shape,” said Jo Gascoigne, the FIP’s chief scientist. Among other improvements, the fishery now includes scientific observers on boats to monitor fishing practices, and efforts to put new harvest control rules in place.The Moroccan Sardine fishery has improved from an overall index of 0.59 (central zone) / 0.61 (south zone) to 0.74 (both), with a recently published stock assessment included in this score and the fishery’s assessments updated to reflect this better performance, the source noted.Founded in 2006, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation – known as Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental and social impacts of fishing and fish farming through engaging fishery stakeholders (communities, NGOs, government, etc.) and seafood businesses in every part of the supply chain.With MAP read more

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Top UN envoy shocked by cowardly attack against Somali minister

27 March 2009The United Nations envoy to Somalia today strongly condemned the deadly roadside bomb blast which wounded the country’s Interior Minister and killed one of his assistants in the capital, Mogadishu. The minister, Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, was walking through bustling Bakara Market on Thursday when the landmine exploded.“I am shocked by this attack on the Interior Minister and his entourage,” said the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah.“This is a cowardly act which has been widely condemned inside and outside Somalia,” he added.Aided by the UN-facilitated Djibouti Agreement, last month saw the formation of a new Government of National Unity, as well as the creation of a newly-expanded Parliament and election of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in the Horn of African nation, which has been ravaged by factional conflict since the overthrow of Siad Barre in 1991.The Special Representative noted that the new administration led by President Sheikh Ahmed was working hard to improve security, raise resources and help Somalis lead a normal life.“Attacks such as these are clearly aimed at trying to stain the country’s reputation,” said Mr. Ould-Abdallah. He stressed that the new Government has the support of the majority of Somalis as well as the international community and that “the country is on the road towards peace and will not be thrown off course by these actions.” read more

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Early Childhood Education program welcomes first cohort of students

The first cohort of students have arrived for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program.The Faculty of Education is welcoming its first cohort of students for its new Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) program this month.Fiona Blaikie, Dean of Education, and Renee Kuchapski, chair of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, formally welcomed the students at a reception on Sept. 6. There are 32 students in the new program.The program builds on the foundation of a two-year Early Childhood Education diploma. Graduates of the BECE program will have a comprehensive understanding of the issues and trends in early care and education for children from birth to eight-years-old. They will also be well prepared for further studies or work in the field of care and education for young children. read more

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Urban Meyer Kevin Wilson discuss Ohio StateIndiana game

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) will open divisional play this weekend when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten). First-year coach Urban Meyer doesn’t want a let down against the Hoosiers, saying OSU can’t afford to look beyond Saturday’s opponent yet. Meyer discussed his team’s upcoming match, as did Indiana coach Kevin Wilson, during Tuesday’s Big Ten Conference football coaches’ teleconference. Looking past the Hoosiers? After back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, including a 63-38 drubbing of then-No. 21 Nebraska Saturday, the Buckeyes seem to be a confident bunch. Meyer appears to be attempting to keep a lid on the confidence. Meyer said it’s important for his team to realize there is plenty of football to be played before they can be considered a great team. “These kids are 6-0 and a lot of people are telling them how good they are,” Meyer said. “Quite honestly, we have a long way to go.” It is something that, arguably, happens every year in college football. Teams can win a big game against a ranked team, ride that high all week, and then lose to an inferior opponent that they underestimate a week later. Meyer said he is not concerned with his team’s focus as it prepares for an Indiana team that has lost its last three games. “We’re not at the point that we can start overlooking anybody,” Meyer said. “I’m concerned about execution and stopping them, not overlooking them.” Nebraska win bodes well for the future Considering the number of recruits OSU hosted on Saturday, the win against the Cornhuskers could have major implications on Meyer’s program for years to come. Meyer wasn’t able to give an exact number of recruits in attendance, but said that “there were a lot” of prospective Buckeyes in the Horseshoe. Meyer also said the atmosphere in the stadium during the Buckeyes’ win left an impression of some of the nation’s elite high school prospects. “It’s a little risky sometimes to have a bunch of recruits come in on a big game, because if you fail and you lose, it’s miserable,” Meyer said. “The atmosphere was tremendous. The way we won in the second half, that was very critical for recruiting.” Miller a Heisman hopeful? As one of college football’s leaders in rushing yards per game, and the quarterback of the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team, sophomore Braxton Miller, is gaining hype as a Heisman Trophy contender. “He’s one of the best players in the college game,” Wilson said. Wilson did say that, “there are better players out there,” but pointed out that the sophomore quarterback will only improve as he grows into Meyer’s system. “He’s young,” Wilson said. “Knowing a little bit about him, and knowing the coach that he’s got, he will get better and better. You’re not seeing the best of him.” A key component in winning the Heisman Trophy is having big games on big stages against ranked opponents. Miller might have done that last Saturday, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a win against Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, was not willing to anoint Miller as a favorite for college football’s most prestigious individual award. “That’s up to you guys,” Pelini said. Award winners The Buckeyes’ Saturday win has resulted in national accolades for several players on the team. For his five tackles-for-loss in the win against the Cornhuskers, senior defensive end John Simon has received three national awards including the Chuck Bednarik Award’s national player of the week award on Tuesday. Simon received the Lott IMPACT player of the week award, as well as College Football Performance defensive player of the week award, on Monday. Miller, who rushed for an OSU quarterback record 186 yards and a touchdown, was honored with the Davey O’Brien quarterback of the week award. After rushing for 140 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries against Nebraska, junior running back Carlos Hyde was named the Big Ten’s co-offensive player of the week. Thanks to a 76-yard punt return in the third quarter against the Cornhuskers, junior wide receiver Corey Brown was named the Big Ten’s special teams player of the week. Pat Brennan contributed to this article. read more

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DEUTZ approves latest generation TCD engine range for alternative fuels

first_imgDEUTZ has approved the latest generation of its entire TCD engine range for operation with alternative fuels. This will make a further significant reduction to the carbon footprint of combustion engines and even raises the prospect of running such engines on a carbon-neutral basis. For DEUTZ, this represents the next logical step in its efforts to develop sustainable and efficient drive systems. In combination with the electrification of its engine portfolio under the E-DEUTZ strategy, DEUTZ aims for the market leadership in the field of innovative drivetrains.DEUTZ states: “Sole use of electric motors is already a viable option in the low power output range, but for medium- and heavy-duty applications, for example involving construction equipment or tractors, there is as yet no suitable replacement for the combustion engine as the primary source of power. While electrification can improve efficiency as part of a hybrid system and allows for a downsizing of the combustion engine, there is still considerable potential for improving the eco-friendliness of conventional engines by choosing different fuels.”DEUTZ has now approved the engine series TCD 2.9 / 3.6 / 4.1 / 6.1 / 7.8 / 12.0 / 16.0 under the current EU Stage IV/US Tier 4 standard, as well as all older DEUTZ engines without exhaust aftertreatment, for operation with paraffinic diesel fuels and biodiesel or biodiesel blends. The term paraffinic diesel fuel encompasses a wide range of products.HVOs (hydrogenated vegetable oils), in particular, are currently being produced on a commercial scale from sustainable plant oils and waste fats. In the future, ‘e-fuels’ will also become part of the mix that will enable engines to operate on an eco-friendly, carbon-neutral basis using renewable energy. The underlying principle is that in the production process the same amount of CO2 is taken out as is emitted by the combustion process. “Because of its chemical composition, synthetic diesel fuel produced by this method can be mixed and used with fossil-based diesel in any ratio. ‘E-fuels’ and the E-DEUTZ strategy are a perfect fit. DEUTZ is driving forward both technologies with the aim of minimising its carbon footprint.”The idea behind using biodiesel is also to cut CO2 emissions. In Europe, biodiesel is primarily based on sustainably and locally produced vegetable oils and waste fats. The approval covers 100% biodiesel for EU Stage IV as well as biodiesel blends, i.e. blended fuels containing biodiesel, for EU Stage IV and US Tier 4 engines. End customers utilising alternative fuels benefit not only from the knowledge that they are helping the environment but also from tax advantages, which vary from region to region.“For us as an engine manufacturer, alternative fuels are a key component in our innovative drive system mix,” explains Dr Markus Schwaderlapp, Head of Research and Development at DEUTZ AG. “We believe that e-fuels offer a lot of potential for running combustion engines on a carbon-neutral basis. We are therefore looking to combine the benefits of combustion engines – robustness, mobility and flexibility – with those offered by electric drives.”last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: Jack Nicholson totally hit on Jennifer Lawrence after the Oscars. Watch the video in The Dredge> EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #EGYPT: 19 tourists have been killed in Egypt after a hot air balloon caught fire and exploded as it was flying over the ancient temple city of Luxor. It is believed that the tourists were from Britain, Korea and Japan, as well as one Egyptian.2. #CROKE PARK: The final version of the Croke Park extension document is due to be published later today. References to compulsory redundancies, which had been in earlier drafts of the plan, have been removed from the final version. It is expected that unions will begin to ballot their members in the coming weeks.3. #ADRIAN DONOHUE: Gardaí are to issue a fresh appeal for information later today as they continue to investigate the murder to Garda Detective Adrian Donohue. Two new lines of enquiry are expected to be announced.4. #ITALY: General Elections in Italy have left the country without an overall winner. The strongest party in the country is the ‘Five Star Movement’, led by former comedian Beppe Grillo, while Italy’s centre-left coalition, as led by Pier Luigi Bersani, has won the lower house. Financial markets have reacted nervously to the news, with the possibility of a re-election on the cards.5. #POST MORTEM: A post mortem is to be carried out on the bodies of the man and women who were discovered at a B & B in Carlow town yesterday. The deceased both suffered gunshot wounds. RTÉ News is reporting that Gardaí have now identified the pair, but they will not be named publicly until today’s post mortem has been completed.6. #EVACUATION: Bewley’s hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, was evacuated last night as fire services dealt with a blaze that had broken out in the laundry room. Four fire appliances from Dublin Fire Brigade, along with an ambulance, attended the scene. There were no injuries and damage to the hotel is not believed to be extensive.7. #RIGHT TO DIE: Marie Fleming, 59, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, it to begin her Supreme Court Appeal following her High Court failure last month to remove the legal clause which prevents her partner from assisting her in taking her own life.8. #MOZAMBIQUE: An Irishman has been killed in Mozambique. It is believed that Cork native William Deasy, 32, was shot dead while working on a construction project yesterday.9. #IRAN: World powers are to meet with representatives from Iran today in attempts to reach agreement on a cessation on their nuclear programme. Reuters is reporting that current sanctions may be scaled back in an attempt to reach agreement.last_img read more

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Gambia Renewable Energy Program To Be Launched Today

Gambia Renewable Energy Program To Be Launched Today

first_imgThe formal launch of the Gambia Renewable Energy Programme to generate 20MW of solar energy, provide 430 km of new transmission lines and the electrification of 1,100 Schools and health centres across the country, will be held today Monday, 4th March 2019, at the Ebujan Theatre in Kanifing.Vice President Ousainou Darboe, representatives of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), European Union Ambassador Attila Lajos and Maria Shaw-Barragan, European Investment Bank Director for lending operations outside Europe, are some of the dignitaries to attend the launching ceremony. The European Investment Bank will outline details of the new EIB, EU and World Bank supported investment that will significantly increase access to clean energy in the Gambia.This represents the first European Investment Bank engagement in Gambia since 1991. The European Investment Bank is the world’s largest international public bank, owned directly by the 28 European Union member states, and one of the world’s largest financiers for renewable energy investment.In 2018, the European Investment Bank Group agreed to a record EUR 3.3 billion of new support for private sector, clean energy, transport and water investment, across Africa. The Media has also been welcome to join a site visit with the delegation to NAWEC’s project sites in Brikama.last_img read more

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Bits Pieces Man to begin yearlong 12000mile bike trip

first_imgDavid Jones is getting ready to roll. And everyone is invited to see him off.At 10 a.m. Saturday, Jones will begin a 12,000-mile, clockwise bicycle journey around the edges of the nation. He’ll depart from homeless shelter Share House, 1115 E. 13th St., in downtown Vancouver.That’s because Share, Vancouver’s chief provider of services and shelter to the hungry and homeless, is the point of his journey. Jones, a former Share board member, means to raise money for the cause as he pedals. You can help by visiting his website, Rolling Across America, where it’s possible to donate to Share as well as toward Jones’ own expenses. Or just visit Share.Those expenses include video equipment — because Jones plans to conduct interviews and post them online. “I want to reveal in a very personal way what Americans think and feel about their country,” he says on his website. “I’ll be conducting interviews over these 12,000 miles and asking questions about each individual’s American experience, what they think and feel. And what are their challenges and solutions.” He’s even recruited Lisa Cicala, a Portland filmmaker and vice president of the Oregon Media Production Association, to rework his video footage into a feature documentary film.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt will stop by Share House to wish Jones luck. Members of the Vancouver Bicycle Club and the Share board of directors will join Jones for the first few miles as he heads out of town — across the I-5 bridge and east along Marine Drive. Day one’s target: Government Camp. After that, he figures, there’ll just be a year to go.— Scott HewittBits ’n’ Pieces appears Fridays and Saturdays. If you have a story you’d like to share, email bits@columbian.com.last_img read more

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Jayne Another Reagan Todays GOP wouldnt welcome him

first_imgIt always is inspiring.As the seat of American government and the embodiment of the American Dream and the cauldron of so much of our nation’s history, Washington, D.C., always is inspiring. So, as we recently took a family vacation to the nation’s capital, I was confident that I would be struck by a column idea along the way. I just didn’t expect it to come from our tour guide at the Capitol building.“We get calls all the time from people saying, ‘Why can’t we have another Ronald Reagan?’ ” said the young woman, an intern from the office of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas. “Some people just want to vent, but they wonder why we can’t have another Reagan.”This, I suppose, is predictable. For three decades now, Reagan has been viewed as the pinnacle of modern conservatism, as the model for the Republican Party, as the man who made it morning again in America. He was the first president of my adult life, winning re-election in 1984 by capturing 49 states and 59 percent of the popular vote.And while I can understand how Reagan is lionized by the right, I can’t help but notice that many modern Republicans have distorted and bastardized his legacy to suit their own desires.As political activist Mark McKinnon said: “Ronald Reagan was long thought to be the most conservative of Republicans. And by any standard today he is the most popular Republican in modern history. Yet he raised taxes 11 times, supported a ban on assault rifles and the Brady Bill, which mandated background checks, and established amnesty for 3 million undocumented workers.”last_img read more

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Airbus RollsRoyce Siemens Team Up For HybridElectric Aircraft

first_img Ford Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Cop CarYou Can’t Get BMW’s New Wireless Charging Pad in the US Gas-electric hybrid cars date back as far as 1889. But it might be 2020 before we see the same technology take to the skies.Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have partnered to develop a near-term flight demonstrator, expected to fly in three years.Following a “comprehensive ground test campaign,” the new E-Fan X demonstrator will provisionally operate on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two-megawatt electric motor.A second engine will be swapped out once the technology has further evolved.“The E-Fan X is an important next step in our goal of making electric flight a reality in the foreseeable future,” Airbus CTO Paul Eremenko said in a statement.The program aims to mature hybrid electric technology, performance, safety, and reliability for use in commercial aircraft.If it also helps to establish requirements for future certification of electrically powered planes while training a new generation of designers and engineers, that’s great.The E-Fan X marks a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft (via Airbus)“The lessons we learned from a long history of electric flight demonstrators … will pave the way to a hybrid single-aisle commercial aircraft that is safe, efficient, and cost-effective,” Eremenko said.Each firm will play its part—be it administering orders or delivering motors—in this joint effort to meet the environmental goals set out in the European Commission’s Flightpath 2050 Vision for Aviation. That is, a 75 percent reduction of CO2, 90 percent reduction of NOx, and 65 percent reduction in noise within three decades.And, according to Airbus, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is the best way to address these challenges.“The E-Fan X enables us to build on our wealth of electrical expertise to revolutionize flight and welcome in the third generation of aviation,” Rolls-Royce CTO Paul Stein said.“This is an exciting time for us as this technological advancement will result in Rolls-Royce creating the world’s most powerful flying generator,” he added.Boeing and AgustaWestland are also on board with hybrid electric engine technology for aircrafts; the DA36 E-Star designed by Siemens, Diamond Aircraft, and EADS already employs an electric motor. But this project is among the first to consider mass commercial flight (rather than limited-occupancy planes). Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Signin to Windows 10 with passwordless accounts

Signin to Windows 10 with passwordless accounts

first_imgSign-in to Windows 10 with password-less accounts by Martin Brinkmann on December 21, 2018 in Windows – 18 commentsMicrosoft introduced an option in the most recent Windows 10 Home Insider Build to sign-in to Windows with password-less accounts.Today, we’re announcing support for setting up and signing in to Windows with a phone number account, without having to create, or deal with the hassle of a password!Passwords are certainly one of the Achilles Heels of account security; a recent study of leaked passwords in 2018 showed that Internet users still use pretty much the same insecure passwords that they used five years ago.Weak passwords are not only the user’s fault; companies shy away from imposing too restrictive password setting rules.Users who sign up for a Microsoft Account need to assign a password to it. While it is theoretically possible to create a local Windows account without a password and even configure Windows for automatic login, all Windows accounts that are Microsoft Accounts require a password as well; this may change with Windows 10 version 1903 as Microsoft introduced a new option to recent Insider Builds.Password Less sign-inOne option that Windows 10 users have in the future is to sign-in to Windows using different means. Authentication is still required considering that it identifies whether the user is authorized to sign-in.Instead of using a password to set up an account on a Windows device, users may create an account using a mobile phone if they have linked it to a Microsoft Account.Windows would send a SMS code to the linked device which the user would then use to sign-in and create the account. The user would then have to use another sign-in method to access the account going forward.Microsoft notes that the user may use Facial, Fingerprint, or PIN identification to sign-in to the account.The process may take away the need to set up an account password but it does not do away with the authentication process itself. Depending on the device, all that is available is PIN authentication.Windows 10 users may assign a PIN to an account to sign-in to the account; a PIN may even be a requirement if you create a new account on a Windows 10 device.Right now, it is necessary to create a password-less phone number account in a mobile application such as Word. Users just need to type the phone number and follow instructions to create such an account.On Windows 10, users would have to add the account under Settings > Accounts > Family & other Users > Add someone else to this PC to add the “new” account to the device.The phone number account should be selectable during sign-in or user switching at this point in time. The user would have to select “sign-in options” and there Sign-in on the PIN tile. This launches the Windows Hello setup to set up one of the required authentication options for the account.Closing WordsSetup is not straightforward at this point in time; some might say it is complicated. A regular account is required at this point in time to set up Windows on a device. Consecutive accounts can be password-less provided that the user has a mobile device and linked it to a Microsoft Account.The user would still have to remember a PIN and use it to sign in if Face or Fingerprint authentication is not available on the device.It remains to be seen if the process is optimized in future builds.Now You: What is your take on password-less sign-ins?SummaryArticle NameSign-in to Windows 10 with password-less accountsDescriptionMicrosoft introduced an option in the most recent Windows 10 Home Insider Build to sign-in to Windows with password-less accounts.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Afghan official says Taliban block roads kidnap civilians

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in tweets from an account associated with the group.Afghanistan’s eastern provinces long have harbored insurgent groups, including the Taliban and the brutal Haqqani network, who wage attacks on police checkpoints, plant roadside bombs and target government installations.The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive in late April with a huge assault on the northern city of Kunduz, taking authorities by surprise. Mass kidnappings appear to be a new strategy.Also on Saturday, in northern Sari Pul province, four policemen were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb, according to Gen. Noor Habib Gulbahari, the provincial police chief. He said another three policemen were wounded in the explosion.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban militants blocked roads in an eastern province of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan, forcing cars to stop and kidnapping the occupants at gunpoint, an Afghan official said Saturday.Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail, the police chief of Paktia province, said a number of civilian vehicles had been stopped by Taliban gunmen in Sayad Karm district early in the morning.Six people were still being held out of the 22 initially abducted, he said, adding that police reinforcements have been deployed in an attempt to free the remaining captives. Top holiday drink recipes Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Former TARP Execs Charged in Massive Bank Fraud

Former TARP Execs Charged in Massive Bank Fraud

first_img Bank Failure Freddie Mac Mortgage Fraud SIGTARP TARP 2014-04-14 Colin Robins April 14, 2014 470 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Former TARP Execs Charged in ‘Massive’ Bank Fraudcenter_img The office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that four men—Sean Cutting, Brian Melland, Bijan Madjlessi, David Lonich—have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statements to a bank, false bank entries, and obstruction of justice.Cutting was the former president and CEO of TARP-recipient Sonoma Valley Bank. Melland served as a SVP and chief lending officer at the bank. Madjlessi is a real estate developer, and Lonich an attorney for Madjlessi.According to an indictment by a federal jury, Madjlessi is alleged to have defaulted on a loan of more than $30 million relating to a real estate project known as Park Lane Villas East in Santa Rosa, California. Working with the other three, Madjlessi allegedly obtained a loan from Sonoma Valley Bank to purchase his own defaulted loan on the premise that the nominee was the actual borrower, when in fact Madjlessi and Lonich were the real borrowers.”According to the Indictment, Cutting and Melland failed to disclose their knowledge of the true identities of the borrowers to Sonoma Valley Bank and took steps to authorize the loan. Madjlessi’s nominee successfully obtained the loan from Sonoma Valley Bank and purchased the defaulted loan from a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation contractor,” SIGTARP said.Madjlessi and Lonich then settled litigation related to the property, obtaining the title to Park Lane Villas East. The two obtained refinancing on the property through Freddie Mac, but not before Sonoma Valley Bank failed in August 2010. The bank had received more than $8.65 million from TARP.”The two TARP bank executives, Cutting and Melland, are alleged to have skirted the bank’s internal controls and defrauded Sonoma Valley Bank by authorizing the bank to lend $9.5 million to a straw purchaser so that the funds could be used by real estate developer Madjlessi to repurchase part of the same condominium project for which Madjlessi had already defaulted on a construction loan,” said Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for TARP.She continued, “In order to help Madjlessi regain control of residential units in the project that had already been sold and to obtain financing from Freddie Mac, TARP bank CEO Cutting is alleged to have produced letters, on Sonoma Valley Bank letterhead, falsely stating that straw buyers had sufficient funds at the bank to purchase the units.”All four defendants were arrested on April 9 and released on a $250,000 bond. The next scheduled hearing is on April 18, 2014. Sharelast_img read more

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