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Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Games

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — A coalition of 180 rights groups is calling for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses in China. The games are to open on February 4, 2022. The coalition is made up of groups representing Tibetans, Uighurs, Inner Mongolians and others. The group has issued an open letter to governments calling for a boycott of the Olympics “to ensure they are not used to embolden the Chinese government’s appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent.” Rights groups have previously asked the International Olympic Committee to move the games from China.last_img read more

Friday Fortnite bracket: Live results as Ninja headlines Week 8

first_imgUMG and Keemstar are continuing Friday Fortnite on August 9th, which makes it the eighth week this year featuring the $20,000 tournament.As always, $10,000 will go to the winner with $10,000 going to a random viewer. Week 8 of Friday Fortnite features plenty of big names including Ninja and his Duos partner Reverse2K, who qualified for the Solos portion of the Fortnite World Cup. Nate Hill and Funkbomb are back after winning two of the last three events. Other big duos include Benjyfishy & MrSavage, Ewok & CourageJD, Nickmercs & SypherPK, Aydan & Sway and many others.Looking back over the rest of the year, MrSavage and benjyfishy won Week 1, FaZe Tilt & FaZe Jarvis won Week 2, Mongraal and Mitr0 won Week 3, Aydan and innocents won Week 4, Nate Hill and Funkbomb won Week 5, Clix and Bugha won Week 6 and Nate Hill & Funkbomb won Week 7.What time does Friday Fortnite start?Date:  Friday, August 9Time:  4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PTFriday Fortnite Bracket: August 9th live resultsHere’s how the above bracket works.Pairs of competitors will join a squad match, but will not be playing as a true squad. The two pairs of teams will instead be battling for a higher amount of eliminations. The duo with the higher amount of elims after two matches advances. The higher seeded team hosts the first match, and then the lower-seeded team hosts the second match on their server. Duos are not allowed to sabotage the other Duos. Examples of sabotage:Breaking or weakening opponent’s built or non built structures or cover by any means.Causing opponents to miss shots or miss opportunities for advancing their scores in any way shape or form.Building in front of your opponent.Boogie Bombing your opponent.The use of a boogie bomb on your opponent at any point in the game are subject to disqualificationWatch the Friday Fortnite Week 8 live streamUMG is hosting the tournament above, but if you want to watch individual streamers they are allowed to stream on their respective channels.last_img read more

Sunday blog: Five things that I would like to see in 2016…

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Wellington first · 240 weeks ago how about the city manager and I.T. Clown getting fired. Any other person that is as bad at thier job as these two are, they would have been fired months ago. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Concerned. · 240 weeks ago there is something fishy going on down at city hall. If the city is in this big budget crunch why did the IT guy get a huge raise? And how did the city council approve that? Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down credence · 240 weeks ago To address the issues facing the City, they need to do two things, develop a short-range plan to deal with critical issues and then a long-range plan for items that can wait awhile. I agree that a city is judged by first impressions and when someone comes to town the first thing they notice are the streets. Our overall infrastructure needs attention and should have been done years ago. Unfortunately, and I am not blaming anyone, the City went a different direction by trying to lure a casino to town and have spent untold resources on trying to expand to the east. The funds and resources spent could have gone a long ways toward dealing with the issues we face now and in the near future. There is no excuse for depleting the utility fund which at one time exceeded $13 million. These funds were put back with the intent to be used in emergency situations or for developments that would benefit the entire community and not to keep up the impression was everything was working well at the City. There is a lot of blame to go around but that will not change the situation we are facing. We need to move forward and we can only do so if our City Council takes the lead and develops the plans we desperately need to bring Wellington back to where we were. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Imagine · 240 weeks ago Not to mention… how much did the city miss out on from Walmart? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five things I’d like to see in 2016…1. Another story like this…My favorite story by far in 2015 is the one about Keith Finley, Wellington’s most devoted sports fan – something that wasn’t mentioned in the previous top 10 lists.The Wellington High School student body in February gave Keith a surprise birthday party when he turned 43. During that down time between the WHS basketball game and the Duke Crowning ceremony, Keith was presented a letter jacket, a Crusader shirt and a hat. Then the whole student body and everyone in attendance sang happy birthday to him.Every time I see Keith walking around town in his letter jacket I nearly tear up. So many people criticize today’s youth for so many reasons. But that act of kindness on Feb. 7 by the WHS students makes me believe that this world is going to be in really good hands.2. Less city controversy…In 2015, there was more controversy in and around city hall then all the previous years combined that I have covered as a reporter.I realize the utility reserve fund issue was a major issue that was inherited by this council and administration. But there were so many sidebar issues: from council squabbles, political ploys, off-the-podium incidents, a resignation, and other incidents that kept the city hopping from one fire to the next.Of all the battles in and around city hall, the one that bothered me the most was Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert’s removal of Kelli McComb, the board president from the Wellington Housing Authority earlier this year without really no public explanation.Eckert has been here slightly more than 12 months, but I can’t remember an administrator — whether it be city, school or county — raising the ire of so many people so quickly in so short of time.3. Better roads…I believe a town is ultimately judged by others by the way it looks and the amenities it provides. If the town is a manure hole, then that is how it will be perceived. If the town is inviting to visitors, it will be perceived as an up and coming community.In November, the consulting firm called The Barnhardt Group was hired by the Wellington City Council. The report came back with disturbing low marks on the community’s road conditions.Whether or not you agree with these findings or even if the study should have been made in the first place, the road conditions in this community cannot be ignored, and should be part of any overall city plan.4. Less social media rants especially with local businesses …I will continue to try to curtail many of the unjust remarks on this site’s comment section while giving people an opportunity to express their views on articles written.But you, the reader, need to do your part as well, not only here, but other Internet social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.One thing that really bugs me is when people take to Facebook and bash a local business. The next time you have a problem with a Sumner County restaurant or a business — step back, take a deep breath, and address your problem with the owner or manager of that business. The worst thing you can do is get on your computer/smart phone and rant about it on Facebook to people who can’t do anything about it anyway. It’s these kinds of rants that can close down a business and bring out so much hostility in others.I know I’m whistling in the wind with some of you, but try to be nicer people on social media.5. Move loving, living, laughing …As always work hard, have fun, practice forgiveness, be happy, live a healthier lifestyle, volunteer, listen to others, smile more, and above all else, read Sumner Newscow. Happy New Years Sumner Newscow readers. Let’s make this a great 2016.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more