Auburn Lands Commitment From 4-Star OT Austin Troxell

first_imgOne of Alabama’s top offensive linemen has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers. Austin Troxell, a four-star tackle out of Madison Academy, made his decision during a campus visit this afternoon, according to multiple reports.4-star OT Austin Troxell (@austintroxell33) has verbally committed to Auburn today during his campus visit. #MGMAuburn— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 18, 2016Boom!!!!!!!! #WDE— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) June 18, 2016Troxell’s decision comes after two trips to campus this month, solidifying his choice between the Tigers and rival Alabama. AL.com spoke to Troxell about his choice. “I have committed to the University of Auburn, so I’m ready,” Troxell said. “I’m ready to start my journey and be an Auburn Tiger… It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders. I finally got my decision made. No looking back now. It’s 100 percent Auburn now so I’m ready.”Troxell is yet to tweet about the decision himself, but has retweeted a few of his future teammates that have offered him congratulations. austin troxell retweetsTroxell is Auburn’s ninth commit, and fifth blue-chip player.[AL.com]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

At DFC in Thunder Bay art club is more than just an

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN News Saturday15-year-old Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake enjoys the extracurricular activities at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC).“I didn’t have supplies back home like I saw an art club here and it looked fun and I joined it,” she said.“That’s how I got into it.”DFC Student Ariana Chikane from North Caribou Lake.The talent that comes from this club is on display all over DFC.It’s also hanging in the city’s airport, and in exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.The art club is an outlet for students like Chikane who are attending high school away from home and family.North Caribou Lake where Ariana is from for instance is a fly in community located 500 km north of Thunder Bay.In fact, many of the 100 students attending DFC come from remote First Nations spread out across northern Ontario.The students have worked with well-known Anishinabe artists like Saul Williams in the past.“It’s like once a week but then I do art every day after school.”This year, they tried something new with local art educator Elizabeth Buset.“Stenciling is a medium that I work with,” said Buset. “I don’t really consider myself a graffiti artist because I don’t do like freehand spray painting but I do do stencil work.”The completed project is a spray painted wall mural.It reflects the different subjects at DFC.“They selected all the images and then from there we designed the stencils, they hand cut them all and then it came up to the actual spray painting of the mural, they chose where it would be positioned on the wall, what colors it would be, the layering, it was all collaborative from start to finish,” said Buset.Ariana and her cousin Robyn did a piece by the late Anishinabe artist Roy Thomas.“I learned about him, found out about him in art class,” said Ariana.Thomas’ wife Louise owns Ahnisnabae Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.The DFC art club presents Louise Thomas with a spray painted version of her late husband’s art. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN She said it’s important to support the young artists at DFC.“There’s a lot of wonderful artists that are coming out of this school,” said Thomas. “When you look at these young people, our people, we have just natural talent.”Thomas said she hopes the art club can inspire youth.“We need to have these things to inspire other artists even if you’re not from this school, there’s lots of talent out there,” she said.“I always encourage artists don’t waste your talent, do something with your talent.”For Ariana, it’s all about the fun experience.“I like bringing stuff to life.”[email protected]@WillowBlasizzolast_img read more

CPP Fund posts 116 return thanks partly to last years stock markets

first_imgTORONTO – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board achieved an 11.6 per cent rate of return in fiscal 2018, keeping it on track to provide long-term financial support for the country’s largest retirement fund, according to figures released Thursday.The CPP Fund increased its assets by $39.4 billion over the financial year ended March 31, slightly more than the $37.8 billion increase in fiscal 2017 and much better than the $14.3 billion increase in 2016.At the end of March, the CPP Fund had net assets of $356.1 billion, up from $316.7 billion at the end of fiscal 2017 and $278.9 billion at the end of fiscal 2016, which included nine months in calendar 2015.Investment gains have offset shrinking employer and employee contributions, which fell to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2018 from $4.3 billion in fiscal 2017 and $5.2 billion in fiscal 2016.Canada’s chief actuary estimates the CPP Fund can meet its obligations with an average return of 3.9 per cent over 75 years.The investment portfolio’s 10-year real rate of return, which is comparable to the chief actuary’s benchmark estimate, was 6.2 per cent in fiscal 2018 while the five-year rate of return was 10.4 per cent.While CPPIB chief executive officer Mark Machin declined to predict Thursday how investment returns will turn out this year, he said the portfolio actually anticipates that there will be losing years from time to time.“Hopefully, it doesn’t happen this coming year but statistically that’s going to happen at least one year in 10.”Right now “the world still is in synchronized growth in most markets, so that continues to be supportive,” Machin said.Economic growth hasn’t been hurt by the Federal Reserve’s tightening of the U.S. money supply through higher interest rates and other measures, which were offset by a major drop in U.S. government tax rates.“The fiscal stimulus in the U.S. — while it’s a one-off — will have a benefit this year and next. So it’s gone from hyperstimulative conditions to just stimulative conditions in the U.S.,” Machin said in an interview.Nevertheless, Machin acknowledged that higher interest rates may be negative for some of CPPIB’s asset classes.“For example, real estate and infrastructure types of investments can be quite sensitive to rises in interest rates. As well, bonds can be sensitive to a rise in interest rates,” Machin said.He said CPPIB’s best protection against changing market conditions is its broad diversification among a wide rate of asset classes and geographic markets.last_img read more

Its Camp Day at Tim Hortons

first_imgIt’s Camp Day at Tim Hortons, and that means 100 per cent of the money from coffee sales will go towards helping thousands of kids go camping.The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation has seven camps across Canada and the United States which allow kids from low-income families enjoy the camp experience.Tim Hortons is also hoping people will encourage others to give by using the hashtag #CampDay and by mentioning @TimHortons on Twitter and Instagram.Last year, a record-breaking $13.7-million was raised.last_img read more

Thousands of travellers affected in Europe by Ryanair strike

first_imgMADRID – Thousands of travellers in Europe saw their plans disrupted Friday after airline Ryanair cancelled more than 200 flights because of strikes by cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany.The budget airline says it had informed passengers of possible disruptions ahead of time, giving them time to adjust.In Tenerife, Spain, hundreds of passengers queued at Ryanair counters and dozens more at the Madrid airport as 86 flights of the low-cost company from or to Spain were cancelled, affecting some 16,000 passengers, according to Spanish unions.The unions blame the Ireland-based company for breaking talks over the company’s ratio of outsourced workers, working conditions and their demand for local contracts instead of Irish ones.In a statement Thursday, the company blamed cabin crews of competitors for organizing the strikes and blocking “significant progress” in labour negotiations.But the Brussels-based European Cabin Crew Association, which says it has more than 35,000 members, supported the walkout over what it described as the airline’s “inflexibility, single-mindedness and unreasonable behaviour.”The association alleged Ryanair was intimidating strikers by threatening them with job losses.As the company and labour groups traded accusations, some passengers left on the ground by the cancellations were galled.“They (Ryanair) sent me a text saying, ‘Have a look at your email.’ I don’t have an email,” said Eddie Hughes from Norfolk, England, at Madrid airport.Spanish cabin crew workers’ unions said cancellations could be increasing throughout the day. Airports in Valencia, Mallorca and Tenerife are the most affected, the unions said.In Portugal, 13 morning flights were cancelled and in the Netherlands, 14 of 22 flights were cancelled.last_img read more

NEATs Lets Go Outside Program

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT has recently announced the newest addition to their Wildling family of programming called ‘Let’s Go Outside’.Let’s Go Outside is geared towards children 6 years of age and younger and their families and/or caregivers.NEAT shares, Let’s Go Outside is a hands-on exploration of nature, which is led by Wildling Leaders, and will lead parent/caregiver and child(ren) into the heart of the forest to go on scavenger hunts, play games, create nature-themed art and crafts, sing songs and let your imagination soar. Upcoming events are being held on;Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amFriday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWednesday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWith more dates throughout AugustParent & Child Wednesdays ($5/Adult) and Childcare Provider Fridays ($10/Childcare Group)At the end of each session, parents, guardians and childcare providers will leave with a pamphlet of activities, crafts, songs and book lists to add to your “toolbox” of ideas that will keep you and your little one(s) busy for days!In order to participate, you must pre-register.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

SC orders closure of banquet hall

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered closure of a banquet hall, which is situated below Raja Garden flyover in west Delhi, with effect from March 30 saying it is a “traffic hazard”. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed that the apex court-mandated monitoring committee on sealing of unauthorised constructions in the national capital has also said that the banquet hall was being operated in violation of provisions of Master Plan of Delhi-2021 and building bye-laws. Master Plan of Delhi-2021 is a blueprint for urban planning and expansion in the metropolis to ensure overall development. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the Delhi sealing, told the bench that the banquet hall below Raja Garden flyover should be closed down as it was creating traffic problem there.last_img read more

Ronaldos move to Juventus is to keep him motivated – Kaka

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s shock move to Juventus has left many people baffled, in light of everything he has achieved at Real Madrid, but Kaka believes the success he has enjoyed over the years is what has prompted him to make the brave move away in order to remain motivatedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be unveiled as a Juventus player later today following a glorious nine-year spell at Real, that had seen him win four Champions League titles and score 450 goals in just 438 games.Leaving one’s comfort zone for the unknown is something that many people choose to avoid in their lifetimes.But for someone like Ronaldo, who constantly looks for ways to better himself, it is just another way of pursuing their ultimate goal of becoming the best of all time.And Kaka has backed the Portuguese star and feels that now is the right time for Ronaldo to try something new at this stage of his career.“I think Cristiano is a very experienced player now, 33 years old so he knows and understands the situation very well,” said the Brazilian, according to Goal.“This decision to move from Madrid to Juventus, it’s a very conscious decision. He knows [it’s] time to move.“[He’s probably thinking] I achieved everything I could with Real Madrid and now it’s time to do something different to keep motivated.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“That’s what moved him to accept the offer from Juve to change from Real Madrid to the Italian team.”While spending €112m for a 33-year-old seems rather risky, Kaka feels that it is a good investment for Juventus.When asked if the Serie A giants will be getting one of football’s greatest-ever plays, he replied: “I think so. Ronaldo, with his numbers, says that.“Everybody who had the privilege to watch him play… in my case, I had the privilege of training with him every day for four years.“I saw how professional he is, how strong he is, how motivated he is, how strong in his mind he is, and [can] see that he still wants to get to a different level.“I think Ronaldo will be remembered as one of the best players in the world.”Ronaldo has arrived for his medical at Juventus and will be holding his first press conference, since the announcement last week, later today.last_img read more

Neymar takes PSG back on Champions League track

first_imgWith a hat-trick by the Brazilian and goals from Cavani, Di Maria, and Mbappé, PSG battered Red Star from Belgrade at Parc des Princes.After that first painful defeat from the first Champions League match of the season at Anfield Road, PSG really needed to win their second match this Wednesday against Red Star from Belgrade.This was supposed to be an easier match for the French giants, they of course didn’t disappoint and offered a great performance. But out of all the stars that the French champions have, there is no question that the absolute leader of the team is Neymar Jr who scored a hat-trick and was involved in pretty much all the rest of the goals from his teammates.The Brazilian star began his goal-romp with a beautiful free-kick over the men-barrier only 20 minutes after the match started, it took him only two minutes to get his second goal after a combination with Kylian Mbappé.Past the half-hour of the match, Edinson Cavani took a shot from inside the box and the ball got a deflection that confused the Red Star goalkeeper enough for Edinson to get his goal. But PSG was hungry for more goals, they were just getting started as they wanted to get at least half a dozen.Hat-trick hero 😍😍😍#PSGFKCZ pic.twitter.com/VU445N2csT— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 3, 2018Just a few minutes before halftime, PSG was in the middle of a long build-up that Thomas Meunier took on the right wing. The Belgian full-back saw Di Maria making the run towards the box and he sent a beautiful assist with the outside of his foot, the Argentinean didn’t waste the opportunity and scored his side’s fourth goal of the match right before the half-time whistle.German manager Thomas Tuchel asked his players to slow down a little bit, this is the moment in which players like Neymar can get fouled the most due to the frustration from his rivals. The French champions took note and played a much more reserved style of football until the final 20 minutes, when Kylian Mbappé appeared to score his goal because he obviously didn’t want to miss out on all the fun.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Neymar was involved in the goal again, he saw Cavani making the run towards the box and dinked the ball for him to send the assist to the French lad, who only pushed the ball inside. It was already 5-0 at Parc des Princes, German midfielder Marko Marin was able to pull one back for Red Star with 15 minutes from the final whistle.But the star of the night, Neymar Jr wanted to get that hat-trick in order to feel that he was closer to his best form and he did it in style. With nine minutes still left on the clock, the Brazilian start took another free-kick but he did it with a lot more power and collocation than his first goal of the evening and gave PSG their sixth goal of the match for a convincing victory in the Champions League.Unfortunately for the French champions, this win tells us absolutely nothing in regards to the club’s actual level of performance. Red Star from Belgrade can hardly be considered a worthy opponent that can challenge them at all, we are going to have to wait for them to play against Napoli in the next two matches to know how well they can respond against a more competitive opponent.Also, in Ligue 1, PSG will play against Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday before the final international break of 2018. Neymar will get a new chance to prove his worth again, but today’s performance was more than enough for him to keep earning that lost confidence he had before, during, and right after the summer.FULL TIME: PSG flex their offensive 💪in the @ChampionsLeague with a 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade! #PSGFKCZ #ALLEZPARIS!! 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/4F5XPRBdyw— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 3, 2018Which of these was your favorite goal from PSG against Red Star from Belgrade? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Bale set for another spell on the sidelines

first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering another calf injury.A medical report on Madrid’s official website confirmed tests had shown a ‘grade-I calf injury’ to Bale’s left leg.Consequently, Reports from Football Espana is speculating a recovery time in the region of ‘2-4 weeks.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Meaning he will be out of Los Blancos’ upcoming Liga games against Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Sevilla, as well as their Copa del Rey tie with Leganes.Further reports also alluded to the Welshman’s fitness problems on its front page for Saturday, noting ‘he has now suffered 22 injuries and missed 84 games, amounting to 54.2 percent of minutes on offer.’Real Madrid drew their last game 2-2 with Villareal and they face an uphill task to keep up the pace with runaway leaders Barcelona in the title race.last_img read more