It’s getting down to the wire on Dancing With the Stars! During the Monday, November 9, episode, the remaining contestants had the chance to pay tribute to one of their favorite musicians during Icons Night. However, many of the stars became icons of the ballroom!Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev performed on a very dramatic Argentine tango to Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” that wowed the judges. Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli and even Carrie Ann Inaba — who has been very tough on Kaitlyn and Artem — raved over the routine.- Advertisement – Justina won the first matchup, earning two extra points. Skai won the second and AJ won the last. Unfortunately, AJ and Johnny landed in the bottom in the two. Bruno chose to save Johnny, Derek chose to save AJ. Ultimately, it came down to Carrie Ann, who chose to save Johnny.Scroll through the gallery below to find out all the scores from Monday’s show. – Advertisement – Another powerful dance was done by Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten. The duo performed a strong paso doble for her tribute to Janet Jackson. In addition to being a huge fan of her music, Skai revealed that she wanted to honor the icon because of her activism. During her package, the Disney Channel alum detailed the racism she’s experienced during her life and revealed she has missed out on roles due to the color of her skin. At the end of her paso doble, “use your voice” was written on the back wall of the ballroom.In the second round, each duo competed in a dance-off challenge with another pair. Justina and Sasha danced the cha-cha to Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s “Telephone” against Kaitlyn and Artem; AJ and Cheryl danced the jive to Ricky Martin‘s “Cup of Life” against Johnny and Britt; and Nelly and Daniella danced the salsa to Wham‘s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” against Skai and Alan. (Nev and Jenna earned immunity based on last week’s leaderboard.)- Advertisement – “I know it’s been a rough couple of weeks, but I have to say, I have to give you a standing ovation. That was incredible. We push you because we want you to reach your ultimate,” the judge told the pair. “Every line was amazing. Every lift. … Everything about it was amazing. Everything that we’ve been wanting from you was in this routine.”After her comments, Artem and Katilyn ran over to embrace Carrie Ann in a hug. The former Bachelorette also noted that even when the Hawaii native was a tough critic, she “knew it came from that place” of love, “even if it was hard to hear.”Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev perform on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ABCThe pair received a perfect 30 — their first of the season — and it wasn’t the only perfect score given on Monday night. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart earned a perfect 30 for their quickstep to Amy Winehouse‘s “Valerie.”- Advertisement –
The moment it was made new brand strategy The City of Trogir is looking for an expert who will manage the tourist potential of one of the most beautiful coastal cities with more than 100 years of tourism tradition. “Trogir is a jewel with huge tourist opportunities and potential, not in terms of mass but in terms of quality of offer and extension of the season. We have all the prerequisites for that, from the beautiful UNESCO-protected old town that still lives and is not just the scenery, to our three islands, the hinterland, a solid restaurant offer, small family farms…, but all this must and can be better. Whoever is at the head of our Tourist Board will also be in sweet trouble, but they will also have high criteria set for the direction we want to go in the future. Tourism is one of our main industries and we hope to attract and bring a quality person who will know how to capitalize on that potential.”Said Mayor Ante Bilić. At the beginning of December, Trogir recorded 148 thousand arrivals and 611 thousand overnight stays. Compared to last year, growth in both categories is about four percent, but despite the good work of tourism workers so far, the City of Trogir says that growth is not and should not be the only measure. “For a year and a half, we worked on a new branding strategy of the city, which opens up huge opportunities for positioning in the domestic and Mediterranean market. We believe that we need to know how to respond to the needs of modern tourists and provide them with a motive to come at least ten months a year, and with the project of branding the destination we have taken it seriously. I am proud that we were the first in Croatia to start this project so comprehensively, while it is still being talked about at the national level. That is why we want the best and most competent professionals to apply for the top position of our Tourist Board “Said Mayor Bilic. RELATED NEWS: Find out more about the competition as well as the new brand strategy of Trogir in the attachment. In addition to the implementation of the recently presented branding strategy based on old and modern Trogir masters, through the creation of new content and offers and through quality communication and promotion on modern channels, the new director will work on developing a brand store whose opening is planned for 2020. , which Trogir will also have as the first city in Croatia. “We hope that candidates for this job will show knowledge of the concept of ambitious projects we have embarked on, a good level of marketing and digital knowledge and that their enthusiasm will follow our plans and desires. Yes, we want hardworking, creative and energetic people because they are very much needed in the public sector as well. I invite everyone who meets the conditions of the tender and is seen in the projects we have launched to contact us”Concluded Bilic. Side dish: Competition for a new director of the Trogir Tourist Board The tender was published in the Official Gazette according to clearly defined criteria that apply to all tourist boards, and lasts until 28.12.2019. The Tourist Board of the City of Trogir has announced a competition for a new director. The city of Trogir presented a new branding strategy
Get yourself tested for cervical cancerJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) wants you to take action against cancer.Cervical cancer screening begins at age 21 and is covered under most health plans. But one key reason women don’t get screened is that it’s too difficult to take time off from work.HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer and several other cancers. HPV vaccine prevents about 90% of HPV-related cancers, including cervical. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls beginning at nine through age 26.CPiA works to increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination rates in our community. We help employers develop a paid time off benefit allowing employees time off for screenings such as cervical, breast, and colon cancers without having to use accrued time. Studies show this type of benefit is cost-effective; helps employers with a healthier, more productive workforce; lowers direct medical, workers’ compensation and disability costs; and has fewer costs with recruitment and training of new workers.CPiA provides education about the importance of the HPV vaccine to health care providers, dental professionals, parents, and young adults. Since the HPV vaccine has been in use, HPV-related cancers have dropped 71% among young adult women.Learn more about the CPiA program, which is supported with funds from the state of New York and how you can take action against cancer, contact 518-770-6815.Kelsey CarpeAmsterdamThe writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.Everyone should reread Trump letterOn Jan. 17, the Gazette printed a letter by Mr. Don Demarco entitled “Trump rescued us from sleazy politics.” It is truly a letter worth rereading.I, for one, was impressed by Mr. Demarco’s sophisticated mastery of the gray area between good and evil in politics, his appreciation of nuance and, of course, his firm grasp upon, and analysis of, the whole host of relevant facts which bear upon the current political situation.I urge The Gazette to reprint the letter in full so that we, the unenlightened, can learn from Mr. Demarco’s stunningly lucid statement.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyForgiving student debt raises issuesBased on a Jan. 6 column on Betsy DeVos (“Why is it so hard for DeVos to offer relief to students?”) I would ask, is the forgiveness of a debt an act of kindness, relief from the pressure of predatory lenders, a way to make life easier on the borrower that got in over their head, or simply another way for the IRS to declare the debt relief as income to the borrower and tax it as such?Just because it’s student debt doesn’t really differentiate it from any other debt at all. You can argue they were trying to build their future, but isn’t that the same as defaulting on a loan to start a business and having the lender forgive your debt? They are both for building a future.Here’s an example: Let’s say I own a business, buy a building and rent out my business to myself under another corporate name. I charge rent to myself, but in the course of a year things didn’t go as expected and I decided not to pay the rent. I then decide to forgive myself of the debt and move on. No money has ever changed hands, yet it becomes income to me on my tax return.Why should it be any different for student debt? In my opinion it shouldn’t. However, could this be part of the ramifications of forgiving student loans and what is making the whole issue so complicated? There’s more to this issue than meets the eye.Bob BeliveGlenville Regarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training.” We notice that nowhere in this article is the full name of the NAACP spelled out. Is that because “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” contains the very phrase at the heart of the current controversy embroiling the City Council?It is ironic, if not downright hypocritical, that Councilman John Polimeni is being lambasted for almost-but-not-quite saying “colored people” while actually lauding the council’s diversity as a positive development. He quickly corrected his verbiage, to no avail.In the meantime, perhaps that venerable organization should consider changing its name to “National Association for the Advancement of People of Color.” At the very least, this would avert misunderstanding among the ill-informed, and tidily bring the nomenclature in line with the tenor and temper of the times.Mike FoleyRotterdamRestore Crosstown blood donation siteI was a long-time blood donor, giving 20-1/2 gallons. I quit giving because they closed the donor office in the Crosstown Plaza. I have to stop one medication for 30 days before I give. I need a stable time and place. That is why I don’t give, as I now have to go to different places and I never know when or where. My wife and I would preregister when we gave blood that way. We gave five or six times a year. A lack of giving may be your own doing.David CaseScotiaArena football can still thrive in AlbanyOn Aug 21, 1999, my friends and I were among some 13,000 Albany Firebirds fans cheering them to victory in Arena Bowl XIII. Little did we know that would be their next-to-last season in Albany.The Arena Football League of the early 2000s could never leave well enough alone and had to move any remaining mid-level market teams to major markets, in the quest for the almighty dollar.The Firebirds’ ill-advised move to Indiana came to their inevitable folding in 2004. Meanwhile, we waited 18 years for the return of top-level arena football.And after two years … poof. It was a sad, but predictable end for the AFL. But to those current and prospective sports franchise owners in the Capital Region, I ask, why let Albany’s arena football history die with the AFL?The National Arena League is an East Coast league with seven teams, including former AFL teams in Jacksonville and Orlando. There is even a team in Worcester. Just a thought.Any takers?Michael FondacaroAlbanyGrateful for donors adopting soldiersOn behalf of the non-profit Operation Adopt A Soldier (OAAS), my sincere thanks to all who donated during the run-up to the holiday season. Your concern and love for our troops represent the best in America, and everyone should be proud they brought them some Christmas cheer.We sent more than 1,000 comfort kits to soldiers so they’d arrive before Christmas, and each included a greeting card from area residents — from young students to senior citizens.We informally adopted sailors on a U.S. battleship, whose commanders via social media said the ship couldn’t find even basic necessities at their ports of call. We sent everything from cases of toilet tissue to toothpaste and toothbrushes to snacks, food, games and sports gear.It would be impossible to list all the caring citizens, businesses, organized groups, schools and others that donated.For example, Walmart on Route 9 in Queensbury, in cooperation with OAAS sponsor Nemer Ford, graciously allowed our volunteers to twice collect money and material donations from shoppers. Every donation was accompanied with a smile, holiday wishes and a thank you from the donors. It was especially touching to see parents provide their children with a teachable moment.A special thank you to the Gansevoort post office branch for collecting packages and sending them on a timely basis.Please continue helping OAAS in its year-round effort on behalf of our soldiers, because we’ll be here “until they all come home.”Cliff SeguinSaratoga SpringsThe writer is founder and chairman of OAAS. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNAACP needs to update its name
Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Aug 2020 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Comment Real Madrid’s hierarchy now want to keep Dani Ceballos instead of loaning him out to Arsenal (Getty)Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their hopes of keeping Dani Ceballos as Real Madrid have now decided to retain the midfielder for their pre-season campaign, according to reports in Spain.The 24-year-old excelled in his final few months under Mikel Arteta and ended his season-long loan by helping Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup.Arteta has made it clear that he is keen for Ceballos to remain at Arsenal for another campaign after he formed a solid midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka during the Premier League run-in.Arsenal were hopeful of reaching a new agreement with Real Madrid to extend Ceballos’ loan and potentially include an option to purchase the midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, AS reports that Madrid have now reconsidered Ceballos’ future following his impressive performances for Arsenal.It’s claimed that Madrid’s hierarchy are convinced that Ceballos can become a first-team regular and they want the midfielder to be given the upcoming pre-season campaign to showcase his ability. Advertisement Dani Ceballos helped Arsenal win the FA Cup this season (Getty Images)However, AS report that the final decision over whether Ceballos will stay part of Madrid’s squad remains with Zinedine Zidane.Ceballos initially pushed to leave Madrid after failing to secure a regular role under Zidane.The midfielder was also keen to receive regular playing time in order to boost his chances of winning a place in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCeballos has made no secret of his desire to become a key part of Madrid’s midfield but the Spaniard has also made it clear that he wants regular football.Speaking after Arsenal’s win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Ceballos said: ‘I want to play 35 games [next season] at least.‘I am one of those who say that when you are happy, you develop your game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Real Madrid in U-turn over Dani Ceballos stay at Arsenal
Its initial strategy was to focus on mezzanine – a form of debt that has a higher loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and supplements traditional senior debt – but the latest fund is able to provide whole loans that comprise both the senior and mezzanine parts.A number of investment managers have launched funds pursuing whole-loan strategies, which have the potential to be more nimble than those relying on there being another source for the senior debt.UBS Global Asset Management has launched a whole loan strategy, but, whereas this fund will retain full exposure, LaSalle is likely to syndicate the senior part after the deal is done, leaving it with mezzanine-type exposure.Amy Aznar, head of debt and special situations at LaSalle, said the recent increase in competition among senior debt providers supported a dual approach that targeted both mezzanine and whole loans.“We are seeing more liquidity, particularly in the senior side of the market, than we did six months ago,” she said.“In a lot of cases, mezzanine could be a very interesting way to team up with some of those aggressive senior banks.“It also gives us more confidence to invest in a whole loan, where, ultimately, we would have a syndication strategy for the senior, keeping the mezz.”The fund will offer single loans between £10m and £200m and lend up to 80% LTV across all real estate sectors, although it will focus on office, retail, industrial and residential assets.Last year, LaSalle launched a fund to finance residential and student accommodation developments in London on behalf of Dutch pensions group APG.Aznar said the fund was “significantly invested” but expected APG to provide further capital once the “first tranche” had been deployed, as LaSalle believes there are many more opportunities for the strategy. LaSalle Investment Management has raised £600m (€726m) for its latest real estate debt fund, which will provide mezzanine and whole-loan financing for real estate transactions in the UK and Germany.LaSalle Real Estate Debt Strategies II, which is already 25% invested, attracted commitments from 10 institutional investors across North America, Europe and Asia.It is the latest in a series of debt funds and programmes launched since LaSalle set up its European debt platform in 2010, and follows its UK Special Situations Fund, UK Junior Loan Programme and Residential Finance Fund.LaSalle was one of the first real estate fund managers to move into the commercial property lending market in Europe following the crisis.
According to the fund, the losses on the equity markets were caused “among other things by rising US interest rates, the end of monetary easing in the US and the uncertain political situation in Europe (keyword ‘Brexit’)”.Along with the equity exposure PKZH’s fixed income investments also posted losses because of the same market factors, it said.PKZH’s equity exposure fell more than 10%, while the fixed income segments lost 2%.Only private equity, with a gain of 13.3%, and domestic real estate (up 3.7%) mitigated the losses for PKZH.Overall, its funding level fell by 690 basis points to 110.9% year-on-year.The calculations are preliminary as finalised numbers will only be published in the annual report, expected for early June.ESG strategy in implementationThe PKZH is currently implementing a new ESG strategy decided upon in autumn 2018.According to its “climate strategy”, the carbon footprint of its equity investments is to be reduced to “improve the return-risk quota of the equity investments with regard to climate risks”.The pension fund wants to reduce the carbon footprint of all its equity exposure to 50% of that of the MSCI All Countries World index.PKZH plans to exclude coal producers and other coal-intense industries, increase its role as an active shareholder, and shift to sectors with lower carbon footprints.The pension fund also named “using active fund managers” as one of the ways to lower the carbon footprint of its portfolio, as they had a better track record in that field than most index funds. The CHF16.6bn (€13.6bn) Swiss pension fund for the city of Zurich (PKZH) lost 3.3% over the course of 2018.The result for the Pensionskasse for employees of local authorities was only slightly below the market average calculated by Credit Suisse (-3.2%). As with other Pensionskassen, PKZH blamed the losses on a “disappointing investment year”, mainly due to falling equity markets.In a press release the PKZH specifically named Brexit as a major cause for the stock market downturns.
The move, which the Republican presidentannounced on Twitter, effectively achieves a long-term Trump policy goal tocurb immigration, making use of the health and economic crisis that has sweptthe country as a result of the pandemic to do so. WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump saidon Monday he will suspend all immigration into the United States temporarilythrough an executive order in response to the coronavirus outbreak and toprotect American jobs. United States President Donald Trump points to a reporter as he answers questions during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. on April 20, 2020. REUTERS The decision drew swift condemnationfrom some Democrats, who accused the president of creating a distraction fromwhat they view as a slow and faulty response to the coronavirus. (Reuters)
“He’s decided to come to Everton and we need to look after him well. “Clearly he’s got the talent to help the team and we’re really excited about Gerard’s progress.” The Toffees are currently on a pre-season tour of the United States but Martinez is still trying to bring in more players to add to the four – goalkeeper Joel Robles, defender Antolin Alcaraz, striker Arouna Kone and Deulofeu – signings he has made so far. Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld, who had been of interest to neighbours Liverpool and Premier League rivals Norwich, appears to be on the Spaniard’s short-list. “It’s true that Everton have made an approach for Alderweireld,” agent Soren Lerby is quoted as saying in Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen. “But there are other concrete options. Toby will now have to decide which team he sees as the biggest challenge.” The Belgium international’s contract with Ajax expires next summer. Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits he is excited by the potential of loan signing Gerard Deulofeu but has warned fans not to expect too much from the youngster. Press Association The highly-rated 19-year-old has arrived on a season-long deal from Barcelona B and, while the forward has earned rave reviews playing for the Catalans’ second-string team, Martinez does not want too much expectation placed on his shoulders. “We need to be patient as he’s a young man, but in the same manner I think we can enjoy his quality,” he told evertontv.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A Norwich player is one of two people at two English Premier League clubs to test positive for the new coronavirus ahead of the restart of competition. The Latest: English Premier League player tests positive June 13, 2020 “How it’s going to work and how it’s going to be, you’re never going to know until you try it.”The trials for the Beijing Winter Olympics are less than 18 months away, and Hansen, “We’ve got to make sure that we do everything we possibly can to keep something forging ahead in some way, shape or form.”___Celebrated Pakistan cricket allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19.“I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah,” Afridi tweeted Saturday. A few lower-tier curling tour stops have been canceled but the first top-flight event of the campaign, the Masters in Ontario, remains a go for Oct. 20-25.But with nothing on since March, Hansen, who spent more than two decades running event operations for the national federation until 2015 and has done consulting work since, says that’s too long for curling to go without a presence. Especially with other sports coming back such as soccer, golf, and auto racing.“Find an arena that’s close to the airport, make a deal with some hotels and try and stage the things for at least your television audience,” Hansen said from Vancouver.With the potential for air travel skittishness or restrictions hampering transport, Hansen thinks holding events in major cities such as Winnipeg or Calgary would be a solid alternative. That way, Hansen said, most of the top curlers could probably drive to the competition in a small rink to keep costs down.“I think you’re going to have a (TV) audience that’s so starved for any sport and starved for curling,” Hansen said. “The audiences … I think will be good regardless of what you do or how you do it. The staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well, the team said.All other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday.NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.___With curling suspended in its Canada stronghold, Hall of Famer Warren Hansen says alternate plans need to be made to at least get top competitions on television. Associated Press Players and club staff are being tested twice a week. On Thursday and Friday, 1,200 people were tested at the 20 clubs.The league does not identify who tests positive for COVID-19. Norwich confirmed the positive case but did not name the player.The league’s 100-day shutdown ends Wednesday, with Aston Villa playing Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal.___An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. Afridi quit international cricket in 2017 and has since played in Twenty20 leagues around the world.Former test opener Taufeeq Umar contracted the virus in May and has made a full recovery.A former Pakistan first-class cricketer, Zafar Sarfraz, died during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
CMC – Striker Jonté Smith has extended his stay at English League Two club, Cheltenham Town, and says he is dreaming of becoming the fourth Bermudian player to appear in a Wembley Stadium final.League Two clubs have voted to curtail the regular season because of the coronavirus pandemic, but play-offs for a place in League One are expected to go ahead. When play was halted in March Cheltenham were in fifth spot in the table..To get to Wembley, Cheltenham will first have to overcome Northampton Town over a two-legged play-off semi-final, but Smith is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nahki Wells (Bradford City), Kyle Lightbourne (Stoke City) and Shaun Goater (Rotherham United and Manchester City).Of the three, Wells – now at Championship club Bristol City – is so far the only Bermudian to score at the world-famous London venue, in Bradford’s 3-0 League Two play-off final triumph over Northampton in 2013.Smith’s contract with Cheltenham – nicknamed the Robins – was due to expire on June 3, but he has agreed to extend the deal for another month, ensuring he will be available for Cheltenham’s bid to reach League One, along with with Crewe Alexandra, Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle, who filled the three automatic promotion spots.“I’m happy to be a part of the team for the play-offs,” 25-year-old Smith told media in the Gloucestershire town.“It’s been a strange season, but I think personally it’s been a good one as eventful as it’s been. I’ve scored a few goals and made an assist in around 500 or so minutes, scoring my first Football League goal.“It’s now an opportunity to become the fourth Bermudian to play in a Wembley final as well as become the second to score at one, so it means a lot and not just for me.”Smith joined Cheltenham last September after appearing on trial during pre-season.He scored a hat-trick against West Ham United Under-21s in an English Football League Trophy match and headed in his first League goal in the 3-0 victory at Mansfield Town on December 7.Smith was due to start at Port Vale a fortnight later, but he was struck down by illness, which kept him out until the end of February.He was hospitalised over Christmas and was eventually diagnosed with glandular fever.During the lockdown due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith has stuck to the routines sent by the club’s fitness coach Josh Harris, and has also kept in close touch with family and friends in Bermuda, where nine people have died from the virus.Like the rest of his team-mates, Smith drove into the club’s car park on Friday to be tested for coronavirus, ahead of Monday’s return to training.“I can’t wait to be back training on Monday. We have a short space of time to prepare for important games so everyone’s going to be on it and pushing each other like we have been all season,” he said.