High school football coach pulls off sweet proposal with the help of his players

first_img Written by Last night my baby said yes!!! Love my queen pic.twitter.com/XZM0vz2tGP— Coach Pickett (@Coach_Fis) November 3, 2018On Nov. 2, with a minute and 30 seconds left in the game, Pickett asked some of his players to give roses to Wilson.In a video shared to Pickett’s Twitter account, Wilson collects roses from the boys as Pickett gets down on one knee.The touching moment was met with cheers and applause. Beau Lund November 7, 2018 /Sports News – National High school football coach pulls off sweet proposal with the help of his playerscenter_img Here is the proposal and my queen saying yes! What made it even more of a great moment was my players being so happy for me! I love my boys so thankful God put me in their lives l. Love my queen Ashley Wilson pic.twitter.com/ObUg9nMypC— Coach Pickett (@Coach_Fis) November 4, 2018“You can tell by her face she was very shocked,” Pickett said. “I’m just grateful that God was able to place her in my life. When you can find a woman like that, that’s all you can ask for.”Pickett also said he is grateful to Lanier’s head coach, Korey Mobbs, for welcoming him to the team. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(SUGAR HILL, Ga.) — A high school football coach in Georgia enlisted his team to help him pop the question to his girlfriend.Nafis Pickett is the recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach for Lanier High School’s football program.Pickett told ABC’s Good Morning America that when it came time to propose to his girlfriend of one year, Ashley Wilson, he asked some of his players to help.“She’s the love of my life,” Pickett, 31, said. “She supports me in everything I do … She’s at every single football game, she knows it’s my passion. She knows I’ll do anything [for] those boys.”last_img read more

London letting agents sentenced for money laundering

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » London letting agents sentenced for money laundering previous nextAgencies & PeopleLondon letting agents sentenced for money launderingThree agents running infamous firm in the capital receive suspended sentences after pleading guilty to facilitating the use of bank accounts for fraud.Sheila Manchester18th October 201902,498 Views Three London letting agents have been given suspended sentences following an investigation into their activities by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team.It found that an infamous online property letting business – Oliver Knights – had been used as a vehicle for fraud that led to at least £50,000 financial loss for tenants and landlords.This is not the first time The Negotiator has reported on Oliver Knights.Guilty pleasAll three defendants pleaded guilty to money laundering, having knowingly allowed their bank accounts to launder the proceeds of lettings frauds between 31st December 2013 and 4th September 2015. These proceeds specifically relate to rental payments received for properties that were never available to rent.The sentences were:Adnan Iqbal 34 from Barking, sentenced to 10 months, suspended for 18 monthsShaidul Islam 29 from Ilford, sentenced to 1 year, suspended for 18 monthsKamran Malik 31 from Plaistow, sentenced to 1 year, suspended for 18 months.Mr Islam and Mr Malik were also ordered to pay compensation orders totaling £15,000, to be redistributed to victims. They were also each ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work.The investigation was prompted by 40 complaints to Action Fraud and Citizens Advice about Oliver Knights. It is not suggested that the defendants were involved in the underlying frauds.Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Trading Standards, said, “The defendants knowingly allowed fraudulent payments to be made into bank accounts and – while not being the architects of the fraud – have benefited financially from fraudulent activity. We are determined to clamp down on those who benefit from the financial exploitation of others.”“The internet is a natural place to search for rental properties, but online search portals can be manipulated by criminals and it’s important to be vigilant – always check properties through accredited schemes and avoid paying deposits before you have visited the property yourself. Importantly, never feel pressured to transfer money to strangers.”Letting agentsOliver Knights advertised properties to let on Rightmove, Zoopla, Gumtree and their own site. After initial dialogue and viewings, consumers paid deposits and rent in advance only to be told that the property was no longer available, or to not hear anything further from Oliver Knights representatives.Some properties offered for rent had never been available and had been falsely advertised. Oliver Knight London trading standards October 18, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

HE Bill defeated in Lords after peers react to “marketisation” reform fears

first_imgHe told Cherwell: “Of course it’s true that students, who now pay large sums of money for their education, deserve fi rst class teaching. This Bill, and the new bureaucracies it creates, will do nothing to encourage that.”Patten also raised fears that plans to create an ‘Office for Students’ could threaten the ancient autonomy of Oxford, Cambridge, and other universities.Macdonald said: “It is essential that our universities retain their autonomy and academic freedom from government control. This is key to their integrity and to the respect that they command world wide. But the Higher Education Bill threatens all this by placing universities more directly under the direction of Whitehall”.Kennedy said: “I want reassurances on the face of the bill that government will preserve the Haldane principle that politicians do not interfere in choices for research.“I understand and support efforts to improve teaching, as some universities neglect student teaching, but we have to protect the Oxford system.”The bill seeks to implement the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which would operate through the National Student Survey (NSS). This week OUSU encouraged students to boycott the survey.The decision in the Lords follows student campaigns against the bill over the past months.In a statement to Cherwell, Eden Bailey, OUSU VP for Academic Affairs, said: “As the uproar from the House of Lords demonstrates, the heavy criticism of the government’s HE Bill is not unique to students.“From academics to university chancellors, those with experience in the sector believe the Bill threatens everything from access to Higher Education, quality of teaching, attractiveness of British universities to international students, to British universities being able to secure vital funding for research.”Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Oxford, said to Cherwell that the bill “presents both opportunities and risks for UK university research.”While praising the bill’s attempts to “join up” research, he warned that “there are risks in implementing changes to a system that already delivers more influential research per pound spent than any other in the world, while any reduction in the independence of the formerly separate research councils must not come at the expense of their ability to support ambitious discipline-specific research.”A spokesperson for the Department of Education insisted that it was “listening carefully to the views of students, universities, academics and parliamentarians”.She said: “We want more young people to have the opportunity to access a high-quality university education, and the measures proposed in the Higher Education and Research Bill are critical to making this possible.” The government’s controversial plans to make it easier for new profit-making universities to award degrees have been rejected by the House of Lords.The defeat follows criticisms of the higher education and research bill from Oxford college principals and senior academics, who claim it threatens academic independence by “advancing an ideologically driven marketisation” of the universities sector.In reaction to the success of the amendment, one of over 500 which have been tabled, Oxford Chancellor Lord Patten told Cherwell: “Heaven knows what will eventually emerge [of the bill] but it is likely to be very different then. We will see what happens back in the Commons.”Patten intervened last week, calling the bill “ham-fisted” and threatening “the true value of an independent university” in an article for The Observer.Speaking to Cherwell, Mansfield Principal Baroness Kennedy, a Labour peer, said she would support the amendment to the bill to prevent “the whole underlying marketisation of higher education.”Kennedy compared the bill’s plans to make it easier for new institutions to offer degrees, become universities and make a profit from student fees, to Donald Trump’s attempts at entering the higher education sector in the USA.She said: “America went down this road of letting businessmen set up private profit- making universities and it has led to many scandals of poor quality and exploitation of students as we saw with Trump University which led to Trump being sued.”Her comments were mirrored by Wadham Warden Lord Macdonald, a Liberal Democrat peer. He warned that the bill risks “advancing an ideologically driven marketisation that will make standards the servant of commerce.”last_img read more

Indiana Gaming Regulators Enlist Market Experts To Study Sports Betting Legalization

first_imgBy Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Regulators behind the Indiana gaming industry are taking steps to gather a clear idea of the possibilities of sports betting in the state, months after the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law prohibiting the practice in all but four states.In late July, the Indiana Gaming Commission entered into a two-year contract with Eilers & Krejcik Gaming LLC, a market analysis firm specializing in the nation’s burgeoning sports wagering industry.The contract obtained by The Statehouse File reports Eilers & Krejcik will be compensated with $74,999 over a two-year period as they conduct a variety of studies that involve sports gaming. But the work, IGC officials report, has already begun on “an aggressive timeline” to provide legislators with fiscal impact estimates and policy considerations at an upcoming study of the topic.Sara Gonso Tait, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission, said her agency first learned of Eilers & Krejcik from gambling regulators in West Virginia, where sports wagering has been legal since May.Negotiations with the company started around June, she said.Researchers for Eilers & Krejcik declined to comment at this time. Any findings, they said, should be available in the fall when lawmakers convene for the interim study.And this isn’t the first time Indiana has grappled with the possibility of legal sports betting.Last year, multiple states proposed legislation to deregulate or legalize sports wagering, preempting a Supreme Court case that was scheduled to be heard in spring 2018.The case, Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletics Association, took aim at the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which banned sports wagering across the nation.Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana, who were grandfathered into the measure, continued the practice, though Nevada offered the most freedoms.In January, officials for Eilers & Krejcik told the Chicago Sun-Times that as many as 30 states could introduce sports betting bills in 2018.Two Indiana lawmakers — Sen. Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, and Rep. Alan Morrison, R-Brazil — authored bills during the 2018 legislative session that would have permitted the practice outright, should the Supreme Court overturn PASPA restrictions.Although the justices did so on May 14 in a 6-3 ruling, neither bill survived the session. Instead, lawmakers opted for a summer study committee, though meetings have yet to be scheduled.Both Ford and Morrison said they plan to introduce legislation again in 2019, even if that’s before the IGC completes its study with Eilers & Krejcik.“Knowledge is power, and it’s good to identify as much data ahead of time as we can,” Morrison said. “But we’re moving forward this session.”That’s because, Morrison and Ford added, the legislators are committed to drawing potential revenue out of the existing “gray market,” where gamblers may already be participating in sports wagering events illegally.A fiscal analysis of Morrison’s 2017 legislation, House Bill 1325, for example, projected between $3.1 million and $18.8 million annually, should the law impose a 9.25 percent tax on gamblers.“People are currently betting on sports locally,” Ford said. “We don’t know what is possible until we introduce sports wagering.”But Jennifer Roberts, associate director of the University of Nevada’s International Center for Gaming Regulation, said lawmakers should be wary of revenue estimates.Roberts disclosed that the center had recently been contacted by state officials to create educational programs about sports wagering. She declined to identify who contacted the center but said plans should be finalized this week.While she said that potential revenue nationwide has been projected to land anywhere between $80 billion and $450 billion, actual results cannot be guaranteed for a state.“You have to really understand the business operates at a low margin,” she said. “It will certainly add some benefits, but it’s not going to suddenly repair all of your roads.”And the variety of platforms used at sports wagering events can mean different outcomes for the state.Both Ford and Morrison said they would prefer to see mobile platforms in addition to physical venues. A mobile platform, they explained, would allow an attendee at a sports event to wager on the outcome of a game from their seat using a personal device like a smartphone.Roberts said this tactic is beneficial because it can help draw gamblers out of illegal venues by requiring them to register on licensed apps, which usually include vetting requirements and in, some cases, geofencing technology that limits mobile gaming access only to states where sports wagering is legal.But the expansion of mobile gaming isn’t good news for everyone.Christina Gray, executive director of the Indiana Council for Problem Gambling and former director of compliance for the IGC, said she is concerned about the spread of Internet-based gambling because it poses a wider and more nuanced range of issues for problem gamblers, particularly those who are younger.Gray, who is currently preparing presentations to students in the middle-school, high-school and college-age ranges, said some video games now promote “loot boxes” — virtual mystery boxes that are purchased with real money to possibly acquire a key game item or weapon. That could translate to larger gambling problems later in life, she added.But Internet gambling, especially in its subtle forms, still requires time to understand. That’s why she is pleased to see the IGC’s partnership with Eilers & Krejcik.“What the commission is doing is very good. It’s good to at least study it,” Gray said in a phone call. “We’re keeping an eye on it to make sure language is there to protect problem gamblers.”FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Administration for national wholesaler Palmer & Harvey

first_imgWholesaler Palmer & Harvey has entered administration with the loss of 2,500 jobs.More than two-thirds of the 3,400-strong workforce were made redundant yesterday at the firm’s Brighton head office and across the company’s 14 regional distribution centres, which supply up to 12,000 product lines.Described as the UK’s largest delivered wholesaler to the UK convenience market, the business has 90,000 customers ranging from small c-stores to national supermarket chains.Administrator PwC said the group had been by hit by challenging trading conditions in recent months and that efforts to restructure the business had been unsuccessful.PwC added that this resulted in cash flow pressures, and that it had not been possible to secure additional funding to support the business. Earlier this year, P&H axed its direct-to-store baked goods sales service Bakedirect.The company’s remaining employees will assist the administrators in managing the closure of the business. Currently, 450 employees have been retained within the wholesale operation.“The P&H Group has faced a challenging trading environment, and the need for significant restructuring has been recognised for some while,” said joint administrator Matthew Callaghan.“The company has insufficient cash resources to continue to trade beyond the short term and the directors have concluded that there is no longer any reasonable prospect of a sale. Therefore, the directors have had no choice but to appoint administrators.”He added that the Palmer & Harvey name has been a trusted partner for retailers and suppliers for nearly 100 years.“The administration team will focus on working with employees, clients and suppliers to facilitate a smooth and effective wind-down or transfer of operations over the next few weeks.”PwC is continuing to explore options for the sale of P&H subsidiaries – P&H Direct Van Sales Limited, P&H Sweetdirect Limited and P&H Snacksdirect Limited.WS Retail Limited has not been placed into administration and continues to trade as normal.last_img read more

Local Colorado Residents Mistake Bassnectar Festival For Earthquakes

first_imgFollowing Bassnectar‘s two-day Bass Center festival at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, residents of the Stapleton neighborhood of Commerce City–which surrounds the venue–filed a formal complain to city claiming that the bass from the concert rattled their homes. As resident Joe Quillin said in a statement to the Commerce City City Council, “I thought it was an earthquake. I looked and realized it was bass.”Quillin claimed that the board was negligent for ever issuing a permit to the notoriously loud and booming artist, angered by the fact that the city did not research the act’s music before giving the event their blessing: “To issue a permit for that kind of noise into Sunday morning is ridiculous!”Despite the anger of his constituents, Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford maintains that city imposed the most stringent ordinances possible to permit the event and refuses to denounce Bassnectar, defending the concert for staying within the outlined noise thresholds of 85dBA for treble tones and 105dBC for bass tones. Ford says that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was established in a remote area with the understanding that the events would get loud, and cautioned anyone living in the area that noise from concerts and sporting events should be expected. “There has to be a reasonable expectation that it is going to be loud,” he said. This is not the first time Bassnectar (a.k.a. Lorin Ashton) has encountered trouble with noise ordinances in Colorado. Last year, after performing at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, local residents were so angry that they petitioned the venue to cap decibel levels below the volume where the producer usually operates, effectively banning his return to the venue. Ashton bounced back from this setback last year with the Bass Center event at Dick’s this year, so we’re sure that the producer will figure out a way to get around these latest grievances and continue to get loud in CO.[Via CBS Denver]last_img read more

Blocked on Its Ohio Bailout, FirstEnergy Tries a Regulatory End Run

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:FirstEnergy now wants Ohio regulators to forget about the “power purchase agreements” they approved to save the company’s old power plants — but at the same time allow the company to keep the monthly customer surcharges that the PPAs were designed to produce.In a move that appears to be a strategy to avoid federal review of the PPAs that U.S. regulators demanded last week, FirstEnergy filed a modified version of its rate plan late Monday with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.As now proposed, FirstEnergy’s plan would eliminate the power purchase agreements between FirstEnergy’s regulated local power delivery companies — Ohio Edison, the Illuminating Co. and Toledo Edison —  and its unregulated FirstEnergy Solutions, which owns the power plants.Yet the plan would keep the new charges the purchase agreements would have forced customers to pay. In other words, customers still would see their monthly bills increase under this revised plan.In short, there would be nothing for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review in this modified plan. And therefore there would be nothing to impede the PUCO from quickly approving the modified plan.Full article: FirstEnergy abandons its ‘power purchase agreements,’ but not its plan for customers to pay more Blocked on Its Ohio Bailout, FirstEnergy Tries a Regulatory End Runlast_img read more

Expanding A Country Heart

first_imgNorth Carolina Singer-Songwriter Caleb Caudle Widens Sound on New AlbumCaleb Caudle might seem like a newer face on the Americana scene, but the North Carolina-based singer-songwriter, who’s now gaining some well-deserved widespread recognition, already has a deep discography. Caudle, who cut his teeth playing punk rock before becoming a hard-traveling solo troubadour, has seven albums to his credit, but noticeable critical fawning didn’t come until 2016’s Carolina Ghost. That record was an overtly country effort with vintage imagery and some well-worn heartbreak themes coloring Caudle’s honest, biographical lyrics. The follow-up, Crushed Coins, which was released in late February on the independent Cornelius Chapel Records, showcases broader ambitions.Sonically, Caudle, who recently moved back home to Winston-Salem after a stint in New Orleans, still fits comfortably in the alt-twang camp. The swinging “Madelyn” is full of fiddle-driven highway reflection, and in the earnest “Love That’s Wild,” Caudle’s Southern drawl is accented by emotive pedal steel, as he sings about romantic salvation: “I was a wreck til’ you came along/Stumbling home at the break of dawn/Now we fall asleep with all the lights on.” But while writing his new record he went on a jazz bender, particularly investing his ears in Miles Davis’s In a Silent Way. He also enlisted a tight cast of backing musicians and producer Jon Ashley, who’s worked with Band of Horses, Hiss Golden Messenger, and the War on Drugs, and as a result, the record finds Caudle taking tasteful steps into indie experimentation.“I was a wreck til’ you came along/Stumbling home at the break of dawn/Now we fall asleep with all the lights on.”Opener “Lost Without You,” another tune sincerely praising the love of a good woman, drifts patiently through a dreamy folk landscape with cosmic guitar fills and ethereal backing vocals that hover above the song’s acoustic base. “Empty Arms” is more energetic—a pulsing dose of gospel-rock laced with Mellotron accents and necessarily scuffed with a fuzzy, freewheeling electric solo from ace guitarist Megan McCormick, who impressively works her fretboard throughout the album.Whether he’s sticking to the roots playbook or finding ways to branch out, Caudle’s voice always remains sturdy and clear (think Lyle Lovett or Jackson Browne). It’s his best asset when he’s tackling tear-jerking subjects. In the dusty dirge “Six Feet from the Flowers,” the main character poignantly laments the loss of a spouse. Barely in his 30s, Caudle may be feeling musically restless, but his lyrics have a classic heart, filled with wisdom well beyond his years. Caleb Caudle will perform at the Evening Muse in Charlotte, N.C. (March 8) and at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Ga. (March 10).last_img read more

Juanes Launches Campaign Against Child Recruitment in Colombia

first_img Singer songwriter Juanes launched the campaign “Dreaming is a right” on September 19 in Bogota to preclude forced recruitment of minors into armed groups. This effort expects to reach about 200,000 children and teenagers in three years. In the Cultural Center of Ciudad Bolívar, in southern Bogota, Juanes, songwriter Fonseca, and hip-hop artist Jeihhco, introduced their proposal to coach community leaders of 14 cities in Colombia on peace issues, so that they can offer life alternatives to children and teenagers, and preclude them from joining armed groups. The project, with an initial funding of 200,000 dollars, attempts to keep families and children away from these groups, mainly guerrillas and criminal gangs. In his speach, Juanes recalled that he was born in Medellin, the second largest Colombian city in the northeast, in a period when drug lord Pablo Escobar was at the peak of his career. “I lived during the 80s and music saved me. That’s why I believe in this. For me, art has been a transforming experience,” said the composer of “La camisa negra” (The Black Shirt) and “Odio por amor” (Love and Hate). “Our message goes to the children: don’t join that armed group or gang. Furthermore, it is also aimed at parents,” he explained. Even though it is unknown how many minors participate in Colombian armed groups, Colombian National Family Welfare Institute statistics show that since 1999, 4,935 of them have escaped from these organizations. Out of these escapees, 58.8% had been recruited against their will by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), 21.3% by extreme right wing paramilitary (demobilized at present), and 14.8% by the National Liberation Army (ELN). By Dialogo September 24, 2012last_img read more

UN: Nicaragua Continues to Repress and Harass Opponents

first_imgBy Lisa Schlein July 26, 2019 More than 300 people were killed, 2000 injured, and hundreds arbitrarily arrested during last year’s violent repression of peaceful nationwide protests. More than 70,000 people also fled into exile to escape the heavy-hand of the Nicaraguan government. U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, says peaceful protests and dissent continue to be repressed in Nicaragua. She says more than 440 imprisoned protestors have been released, but more than 80 remain in custody under severe conditions.“Our Office has received allegations that some of them were subjected to torture or ill-treatment by correction officers […]. We are deeply concerned that human rights defenders and community leaders continue to be targets of attacks, of threats, harassment and constant surveillance,” Gilmore said.Gilmore says people are deprived of the right to freedom of expression, including freedom of the media. She says journalists and other media workers are threatened, harassed and censored. She notes two prominent journalists were detained for more than five months under terrorism charges.She urges the government of President Daniel Ortega to engage in a genuine and meaningful dialogue to address people’s legitimate demands for justice and reparation.last_img read more