Auburn Police Department(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — A memorial service was held for Aniah Blanchard on Saturday in Alabama, where relatives and loved ones remembered the “light” she brought to their lives.The ceremony at the Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham was a “celebration of life.”The church was filled with dozens of Blanchard’s family, friends and members of her hometown of Homewood, where she attended their public schools and played high school softball.Most of the mourners wore Blanchard’s favorite color, baby blue, which “fit her personality — bright, big and vast as the ocean,” a member of Homewood High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps said during their alternated flag-folding ceremony in her honor.“It’s easy for me to talk about Aniah, she is my mini-me…I gave birth to her on my birthday,” said Blanchard’s heartbroken mother Angela Haley Harris. “She is the greatest gift to me.”“This memorial service is a celebration of Aniah’s life and to commemorate who Aniah was and the impact her life and ‘light’ is having on the entire world,” according to the Facebook event page created for the service. “Aniah was light, she made you feel okay when you look in her eyes,” said Noah Wail, Blanchard’s godbrother.“She was my person I would talk to when I needed someone,” he added, wiping away a tear before playing a guitar tribute to the Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts The Most.”Blanchard was studying early childhood education at Southern Union College with hopes of transferring to Auburn University.“Aniah had a light that you wanted to be around. The light she had every day of her life is still here and is still being shared,” said Hannah Haley, Blanchard’s cousin.“Aniah is my biggest fan. She would always tell me when it came to my career it will be okay, you gotta keep going,” said Walt Harris, Blanchard’s stepfather and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter. “So now I have to go strong for the other kids…Glad to have her in my life and how she had an impact on my life.”Amy Letson, one of Blanchard’s softball coaches, shared an anecdote of that showed “Aniah’s beautiful spirit.” After a game, Blanchard told the losing team that “she was proud of them and she could tell they worked very hard,” Letson recalled. “Together we learned to work together, work hard and be kind to others,” read Blanchard’s younger sister, Aylah, with her two older brothers by her side. “We are so happy you are our sissy.”Bill Cleveland, superintendent of Homewood Public Schools, announced establishing a scholarship that will be made in Blanchard’s honor to continue the her legacy.The family requested that in lieu of flowers, all donations be made in Blanchard’s name to: The Texas Equusearch Group, Children’s Hospital of Alabama or the Birmingham Human Society, in honor of her beloved dog “Blue.”Throughout the over two-hour service, dozens of photographs from Blanchard’s life were displayed in a slideshow along with videos of her smile that brought comfort and peace, mourners said. Blanchard was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, on Oct. 23. She was allegedly abducted by Ibraheem Yazeed, who authorities say shot her when she “went for the gun,” according to court documents.The 19-year-old’s body was found shot to death on Nov. 25, approximately 36 miles away in a wooded area in Shorter.A tipster led police to Yazeed, who was in Pensacola, Florida, authorities said. He was already out on $295,000 bond for a separate kidnapping case from January in Montgomery, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.Yazeed, 30, is being charged with two counts of capital murder charges in connection with Blanchard’s death. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty.David Johnson Jr., 63, and Antwon Fisher, 35, were also charged in connection to Blanchard’s murder, though Fisher’s charges were dropped this week because of “legal and jurisdictional grounds,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to ABC News on Saturday.Johnson Jr., 63, is charged with hindering prosecution.“The investigation into the murder of Aniah Blanchard is still ongoing and we will continue to evaluate and exhaust all leads in the pursuit of justice for Aniah and her family,” Hughes said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Job Vacancy: An experienced Chef is required for a very busy Donegal restaurant on a full time basis. Job DescriptionMinimum two years’ experience in busy environmentFull time hoursAvailable to work weekendsA working knowledge of HACCPWork on own initiative as well as take directionTo ensure quality control and high level of hygiene is maintained at all timesPerson Specification High attention to detailHave a flair for foodMust be a team playerPositive approach to workGood interpersonal skills with kitchen staff, front of house staff and managementTo apply, please send your CV to [email protected], clearly writing CHEF 201 in the subject line.Job Vacancy: Experienced Chef required was last modified: October 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefcookculinaryjobrestaurantVacancy
28 July 2014A South African business delegation arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on the first leg of a trade and investment mission to Thailand and Taiwan.The mission, organised and sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will give the South African delegates – representing companies in the agro-processing, jewellery and automotive sectors – the opportunity to introduce their products and services directly to buyers in high-growth Asian markets.The delegation will participate in various business-to-business meetings, site visits and trade and investment seminars in both countries.Golden Touch Manufacturing Jewellers, based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is one of 18 companies taking part in the mission. Company director Mbulelo Singapi told the DTI that his company was looking forward exchanging business ideas with local businesspeople.Singapi said that, despite being a small manufacturer, Golden Touch had the capacity to scale up production, and would be able to meet any order they might secure in Thailand or Taiwan.Another participant, Pitto Limited, grows export-quality grapes along the Orange River outside Kakamas in the Northern Cape. Commercial manager Lorna Basson said this was the sixth DTI-sponsored mission that the company was taking part in.“Out of the five trips in which we participated, we managed to establish solid trading relations in countries like China, Germany, Poland, and Ghana,” Basson said, adding that Pitto was currently exporting to China, Poland and Ghana.She said the DTI’s missions had given her company “direct access to foreign markets, and cut on a lot of costs since there are no third party agents involved. It is also a great opportunity for us to trade in person and sustain our foreign export relations”.According to the DTI, South African exports to Thailand totalled R4.6-billion in 2013, while imports – nearly half of which were vehicle components – totalled R26.5-billion.Total trade between Taiwan and South Africa was worth R21.7-billion in 2013, with a trade balance of R3.7-million in favour of South Africa.SAinfo reporter
In last week’s blog, I discussed the practice of burying attic ducts in deep insulation. Since burying ducts is simply one of several ways to address the energy waste associated with the decision to locate ducts in a vented unconditioned attic, it’s worth taking a fresh look at all of the possible solutions to the attic duct problem.Energy experts have been advising builders for at least thirty years that it’s a bad idea to locate ducts in vented unconditioned attics, yet the practice persists. Why? Building scientist Joe Lstiburek blames the problem on architects and builders, and he’s partly right. But it’s also fair to blame regulators, most of whom are too timid to approve code changes that would make the practice illegal.According to NREL researchers David Roberts and Jon Winkler, moving the ducts from a vented attic to a new location inside the conditioned space will reduce electricity used for cooling by 15% to 20%, and will reduce the size of the needed air conditioning equipment by 0.5 to 1 ton.In this article, I’ll look at a variety of solutions to the attic duct problem — a topic that I first tackled seven years ago in an article titled Keeping Ducts Indoors. The presumed reader is a designer or builder who wants to know the best way to avoid the energy penalties associated with attic ductwork.In my 2011 article, I listed five possible solutions to this problem:In this article, I’ll also discuss three additional approaches:I wish I could announce that bringing ducts inside a home’s thermal envelope is easy. In fact, it isn’t. If you are used to building slab-on-grade homes with attic ducts, you’ll find that there is no easy, inexpensive way to move the ducts indoors. All good solutions are… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Matt Asay Related Posts As Google picks up its pace on rolling out fiber Internet service – announcing Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah in the past 10 days – one has to admire the sheer hubris of what it’s doing. Just as in mobile, Google is forcing the industry to provide low-cost access to the Internet, where it stands waiting to reap the bonanza of advertising-based services. Competitors race to keep up, expanding their broadband or mobile offerings, thereby furthering Google’s monetization strategy even as they try to thwart the advertising giant.It’s Google’s world. We just get to live in it. And click on ads.Free Fiber Internet For the Huddled MassesAccording to Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, the broadband Internet access game is already over, and Google has won. As he notes, “Google Fiber is not a test, it’s a takeover plan.” Calacanis argues that Google’s real plan with fiber-to-the-home isn’t necessarily the home broadband connection, but rather free wifi attached to each of the routers installed to use its broadband. With this free wifi network blanketing a city, it’s game over for the traditional telcos:“Google is going to kill AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and the cable companies. Kids don’t talk on the phone and they don’t have a ton of money. If they can be reasonably sure they’ll have a wifi network, then they are simply not going to sign up for AT&T or Verizon.” While Calacanis insists that the free wifi component is “not announced, but it’s gonna happen,” the reality is that it needn’t happen for Google to win. (Underscoring Calacanis’ point, however, Google has announced that it will offer free Wifi in its first fiber-enabled city, Kansas City, though this doesn’t seem to be tethered to home broadband connections.) All Google needs is to spark competition, as has already happened in Austin. Within minutes of announcing Google Fiber there, AT&T declared that it, too, would offer 1 Gibabit Internet service to Austin.Think Google minds? Not a bit.After all, Google isn’t in the Internet service provider (ISP) business. It’s in the advertising business. All it needs to do is shame ISPs into offering better service, which service Google will co-opt to advertise against, not to mention use to provide a range of other “free” services like Voice, Apps, etc.Google’s “Free” PlaybookIf this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Google has done much the same in mobile with its Android operating system. Worried that Apple would throttle access to the mobile Internet, Google built Android, released it as open source, and encouraged (even subsidized) its adoption.A few short years later, Google chairman Eric Schmidt this week told the crowd at the AllThingsD mobile conference that there will be 1 billion Android phones blanketing the planet by year’s end, a number set to nearly double within a year or two. “Android is by far the primary vehicle by which people are going to see smartphones,” Schmidt declared. “Our goal is to reach everybody.”But even if Google doesn’t do this directly; even if Android reaches the masses through “competitors” like Samsung or Amazon, Google wins. Google wins every time people access the Internet, because odds are they will spend time with Google Search or other Google products.Not Just An Advertising PlayNor is free fiber and free mobile simply an advertising play. Google’s free services often have a bigger goal in mind: amassing massive quantities of data. As Tim O’Reilly discovered from Google’s director of research Peter Norvig years ago, the secret to improved translation services wasn’t better algorithms, but rather more data. Google Fiber lets Google sit inside one’s home, “collect[ing] information that users of your subscription provide, such as clicks on a Google Fiber TV remote to change the channel or search program listings,” in addition to continued monitoring of how its Fiber customers use the Internet. That’s a lot of data, roughly none of which will gather dust in some musty data center.None of this suggests that Google is somehow evil for enticing consumers to give up data or clicks in exchange for free services. But it is a recognition that few companies can afford to play the long game like Google. AT&T may offer Austin gigabit Internet service, but AT&T’s only current way of monetizing those services is through monthly access fees. Google can give broadband Internet away, confident that it can recoup that investment over the long haul with both advertising and more data.It’s ambitious. It’s farsighted. It’s genius.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Android#broadband#Eric Schmidt#fiber#Google Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Workers put up a hoarding for the Commonwealth Games 2010 near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI PhotoExasperated at not being able to take over Commonwealth Games venues due to ongoing work, Union Home Ministry on Sunday asked Delhi Police not to wait for the Organising Committee to hand it over to them and start deploying forces at the earliest.The direction to Delhi Police, the nodal agency for Games security, came from Union Home Secretary G K Pillai at a review meeting held in New Delhi on Sunday evening to take stock of the preparations of security agencies for the event, sources said.”Don’t wait for the OC to hand over the venues to you. The work is still on but don’t compromise on security. Start deploying forces and tighten security at the venues. Have a standby arrangement,” a senior police official who attended the meeting summed up Pillai’s direction to Delhi Police.CLICK HERE FOR MORESnake charmers to keep Village safeCWG situation sad, says AdvaniCWG Village: From filthy to five-starSuresh Kalmadi: In the eye of a stormPillai is also understood to have asked Delhi Police to prepare a “standby” security plan as the work was undergoing in Games Village as well as Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.Police are yet to ensure a complete lockdown of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, missing five deadlines set by the Home Ministry due to ongoing construction works.In the meeting, sources said, Pillai was also apprised about the difficulties faced by personnel in using the TETRA network for communication.advertisementWhen asked by Pillai for a feedback on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio), sources said, the senior officials informed him that connectivity was a “problem” and effective communication was affected due to this.Sources indicated that Delhi Police may go back to its TM (Top Management) Network for communication. “Most probably, we may go back to TM Network,” a senior police official said.After the meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, NSG Director General R K Medhekar, senior police officials, Games venue commanders and district police heads, Pillai said he was satisfied with the security arrangements for the Games.PM Manmohan Singh inaugurates a sports injury centre at the Safdurjung hospital in New Delhi. PTI Photo”We had a complete review of security arrangements, looking at various issues and anticipating what type of threats could arise. We are trying to make sure that we are fully prepared to meet any eventuality,” Pillai told reporters after the 90-minute meeting.He said the review meet was held to ask the officials to be alert as it is a major task for Delhi Police to ensure security “not just for athletes and Games venues but for the entire city itself”.”The aim of the review was to ensure that the whole of Delhi is safe and not just the Games venues which of course has received special attention,” the top official said.File photo of CGF CEO Mike Hooper talking on the phone at the Games Village in New Delhi. Hooper said the developers of the venues did not hand them over to the OC on time and this has led to the current crisis. PTI PhotoHooper says CGF also responsible for CWG messTaking a U-turn, CGF CEO Mike Hooper on Sunday owned up the responsibility for the mess around the Commonwealth Games after blaming India’s central and state governments for all the problems.Hooper told New Zealand media that the Commonwealth Games Federation cannot be held responsible for the Organising Committee’s failure to meet deadlines but later said the apex sport body also has “the same responsibility as any other stakeholder”.CGF boss Mike Fennell had on Saturday admitted that they will have to share the blame for the shoddy preparations of the mega event.Team officials give thumbs-up to CWG VillageIn what would be music to ears of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, officials accompanying the various teams on Sunday gave a thumbs-up to the Games Village, which was a few days back dubbed “filthy and unlivable” by foreign delegates.Officials from Jersey, Cameroon and Trinidad and Tobago seemed satisfied with the condition of their respective residential towers and said things are getting better and better with every passing day.”We are happy with our residential block. It’s good and there are no hygiene or cleanliness related issues. Things are getting better every day with officials working round the clock,” Moundi Bouba, Medical Personnel, Cameroon told PTI.advertisement”Good arrangements have been made by the organisers. 16 athletes and four team officials from Cameroon are staying at the Games village at present. We have not found anything to complain about,” said Michel Nkolo, another team official from Cameroon.Severe delays in the completion of work in the Village forced Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell to contact the Indian authorities and urge them to finish work on accommodation.Fennell said advance parties from the international Commonwealth Games Associations had been impressed with the international zone and main dining area within the village, but the condition of the residential zone shocked the majority of them.Dianne Huddlestone, wife of Jersey’s chef de mission Paul Huddlestone and staying at the village as an accompanying guest, said security arrangements, dining, cleaning of the residential complexes, all have been taken care of by the organisers.”We are staying at tower number 7 and occupying nine flats. We moved here four days back and I’m enjoying every minute of my stay. Organisers have offered big living area to us. Security has also been taken due care by the concerned officials. It’s just amazing to be here.”Food is of excellent quality. I’m gorging on fish curry, vegetable curry and naan bread. It’s just great. We are five people staying at the village at present and 52 athletes will arrive here on Wednesday,” Huddlestone said.Paul Newallo, team official, Trinidad and Tobago, said condition at the village is getting better and the organisers are trying their best to meet the deadlines.”We are satisfied with the efforts organisers are putting in to get certain things done on time. Although our living area is still incomplete they are trying their best. In 2-3 days, our second batch of athletes are likely to arrive in India and then we all move in here,” Newallo said. MORE At present, 25 Trinidad and Tobago athletes, including team officials, are staying at Hotel Ashok. Cycling, boxing, archery and shooting teams have arrived and two hockey teams, netball, track and field teams are scheduled to arrive here by Wednesday.”Our athletes are enjoying dal and rice very much including some good vegetable curries. Hopefully, India will shine as a host nation and we are looking forward to the start of the Games,” Newallo added.The build-up to the Games has been plagued by problems with construction of venues and infrastructure falling behind schedule, allegations of wide-scale corruption in awarding contracts and foreign delegates raising doubts over security and safety of the athletes.With inputs from PTI
Inside Joao Felix: How teenage whiz bringing hope to Atletico Madridby Blair Newman15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid underwent great change in the summer. Antoine Griezmann finally moved on after months of speculation, with Joao Felix arriving as his long-term successor. Felix, at just 19 years old, is widely believed to be one of the finest young players in the world today. While settling into a new team, in a new country, at such a young age hasn’t been plain sailing, he has already shown glimpses of the quality he can offer.Diego Simeone seems intent on evolving the tactical capabilities of his side. As well as Felix, Atletico brought in a ball-playing centre-back in Mario Hermoso as well as two energetic and forward-thinking full-backs in Kieran Trippier and Renan Lodi in the summer window. As a consequence of the personnel changes, Simeone’s side now dominate the ball more than before, averaging 51.9% possession to last season’s 49.3%. But the change has led to teething problems that have affected Felix.Atletico have failed to score in half of their eight La Liga games so far, suggesting their new, more offensive game plan isn’t quite operating at 100%. Naturally, this has reduced Felix’s potency in the final third and has led to debate over where exactly the youngster should play, but he is still one of the team’s most important attacking players.During his only full season of first-team football at Benfica, the Portuguese acted as a second striker within a 4-4-1-1 system. He had license to wander and take up different positions on the pitch, moving between the lines to connect attacks and using his awareness and passing ability to split defences and create chances for teammates. Felix has mostly played in a similar position for Atletico, as seen in the below graphic.Here, the opposition defence and midfield lines are clear, as is Felix’s position between them. These are the areas he is best in. He can drive directly at the opponent’s back line, commit defenders and thread through balls for advancing teammates, or take a shot himself.This is a similar role to the one Griezmann took up at Atletico. The Frenchman usually played off a more traditional striker who would play on the last line, look to attack space in the channels, and use their pace and direct running to drag defenders back (think Diego Costa, Kevin Gameiro or Fernando Torres). In turn, this created space between the lines for Griezmann, who was free to roam, pick up the ball in deeper areas and get more involved in build-up.However, because Atletico are in transition and have a lot of new faces, they are experimenting with their favoured 4-4-2 system. As a result, Simeone has trialled Felix in other positions, notably on both wings. Indeed, it was from a nominal wide berth that he got his first Champions League goal, opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.Playing on the right of the midfield four, Felix would tuck inside while attacking right-back Santiago Arias (in for the equally attacking Trippier) patrolled the flank. An example of this can be seen in the graphic below. This allowed Felix to get into more central positions, where he was better placed to create or shoot. His goal came from a similar situation to the one seen below, except with Alvaro Morata running wide, getting behind and pulling back for Felix to shoot and score.Afterwards, Simeone praised the 19-year-old’s performance. “It was the match in which he was most involved in the rhythm of the game,” the Atletico boss was quoted by AS, before discussing Felix’s new position, saying, “For a player who likes to have the ball and participate in the game of his team, it generates more enthusiasm.”Felix was then deployed on the left side of the midfield four for the 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid last weekend. Again, he was allowed to tuck in and take up a more central position in build-up, with left-back Lodi supplying width down that flank. This only underlines how important it was that Simeone replaced his ageing full-backs, Juanfran and Luis Filipe, with younger options who offer more output in terms of dribbles, progressive runs and crosses.The defensive responsibilities asked of Felix are different on the wing, however. When playing behind the striker, he helps to lead pressing from the front, closing down defenders whilst simultaneously blocking forward passing options. But on the wing, he is expected to drop deeper and remain part of a line of four, blocking the opposition full-back’s forward runs and ensuring compactness in midfield.Felix hasn’t been entirely consistent in his performances, and playing in three different positions so far probably hasn’t helped him adjust. Nonetheless, he is one of Atletico’s key contributors going forward. No player has scored more than his two league goals, no player averages more shots per game than his two, and no player has assisted more than his one.The only concerning statistic is that he is opening up defences less frequently now. Last season, with Benfica, he averaged 1.1 key passes to this season’s 0.3. He also averaged 0.2 through balls, while this season he is averaging a big fat zero. However, Simeone will expect these numbers to revert once the youngster has adapted properly to a tougher league, new teammates and has sorted his best position.Felix is young and inexperienced at the highest level, but he has established himself as Atletico’s key attacking player. The Griezmann comparisons are unhelpful and, in the short term, unrealistic, but – given time – he is on course to fill the void left by the Frenchman.All data supplied by WhoScored.com. TagsOpinionAbout the authorBlair NewmanShare the loveHave your say
Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has completed an €8m transfer to Qatari club Al-Duhail SC.With just six appearances in all competitions this season under his belt, Benatia made the decision to end his two and a half year stay at Juventus in favour of a move outside of Europe for the first time in his career.After reports emerged last week that Benatia had received a highly lucrative proposal from Al Duhail, Juventus confirmed on Monday that the transfer has gone through with the €8m fee to paid in two instalments within October 2019.The Serie A champions later wished their former defender the best on social media with Benatia replying with his own regards and wished them luck for next month’s first leg Champions League game at Atletico Madrid. in their last-16 tie.“Thank you all,” Benatia wrote on Twitter.“It has been an immense pleasure! I hope to be able to come to Madrid to cheer for you – this Juve deserves it.”Benatia had been at Turin since 2016 after arriving from Bayern Munich on an initial €3m loan deal before Juventus snapped him up on a permanent one for €17 a year later.In total, the Morocco captain scored five times in 59 appearances across all competitions for Juventus and leaves with two Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia crowns.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.The 31-year-old has also played for Marseille, Tours, Lorient, Clermont, Udinese and AS Roma.Now Benatia will turn his attention to helping Al-Duhail claim a seventh Qatar Stars League crown this season.The club are coached by Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria and hope that a player of Benatia’s calibre and experience will prove most helpful in their bid to overhaul Al Sadd for the top spot.Currently, Faria’s side trails the league leaders by a single point after 15 games and will be back in action at home to Al-Sailya on February 5 at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha.Grazie a tutti voi 🙏🏽e stato in immenso piacere !spero di potere venire a Madrid a tifare per voi 👌🏽🤲🏽questa juve se lo merita 👌🏽— MBenatia5 (@MedhiBenatia) January 28, 2019