Twitter/AppleApple CEO Tim Cook, a noted sports fan, did his undergrad at Auburn before getting his business degree at Duke six years later. As such, he’s a big supporter of both Tigers football and Blue Devils basketball. Monday, during his company’s unveiling of the brand new Apple Watch, Cook apparently decided to take a little jab at Duke’s biggest competitor. Cook, when showing how an ESPN score would look on the watch, decided to use the result of this past Saturday’s game between the two as the example. When a few Blue Devils fans in the crowd cheered, he mentioned that he, too, supports the team. Enjoy, Dukies:
Mark May ClownFormer Ohio State graduate assistant Anthony Schlegel made headlines last September when he body-slammed an OSU student who had rushed onto the field during the Buckeyes’ game against Cincinnati. The image of Schlegel throwing the student to the turf went viral in no time, and the former Ohio State linebacker decided to incorporate it into his Twitter profile picture. With a humorous edit, of course.Schlegel’s Twitter Avi features former ESPN analyst Mark Mary photoshopped as the streaking student getting taken down. It’s no secret that OSU fans don’t like May, who will not be brought back as part of ESPN’s “College Football Final.”Even though Schlegel, a former OSU linebacker, doesn’t play or coach at his alma mater anymore, his Buckeye spirit obviously remains intact.
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 31: Amari Cooper #89 of the Oakland Raiders makes the 87 yard catch for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 31, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is going to be a force in the NFL, so if you play in a fantasy football keeper league, you might want to consider drafting him early. Case in point? Watch him torch former LSU star Patrick Peterson, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, for a 37-yard gain in the Oakland Raiders’ preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night.I’m fairly confident that Amari Cooper is going to quite a good pro. That’s Patrick Peterson he does this to. https://t.co/XsRu4nppSE— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) August 31, [email protected] just lined up against one of the best CBs in the NFL. And put him on skates. #ACDC #AZvsOAK http://t.co/vTFJZ049aA— NFL (@NFL) August 31, 2015Cooper put together a ridiculously impressive career at Alabama, and many believe he’ll eventually be one of the best at the pro level. This certainly won’t dispel that.
CONCORD, N.H. – Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too.Velcro Cos. this week released a music video with a message it hopes will stick as well as its products: “Don’t Say Velcro.”The video features actors portraying trademark attorneys, joined by a few actual lawyers in the background, pleading with the public to respect the company’s brand and refer to similar “scratchy, hairy” products as “hook and loop” fasteners.“We’re asking you not to say a name we took 60 plus years to build,” the group sings. “But if you keep calling these Velcro shoes, our trademark will get killed.”Velcro CEO Fraser Cameron said the video had been viewed more than 4 million times worldwide by Tuesday afternoon.“We want people to know there’s a real company behind the brand folks know and love and that there’s a difference between Velcro brand products and others in the marketplace,” he said. “There’s only one Velcro brand. Everything else is just hook and loop.”Velcro has its roots in nature. Swiss engineer George de Mestral came up with the design in the 1940s after studying burrs that stuck to his dog’s fur and his wool pants during a walk in the woods. He named his invention Velcro, a combination of “velour” and “crotchet,” the French words for velvet and hook.Production began in France, but by 1958 operations had moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, where employees marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s U.S. trademark in 2008 by lining up for more than a mile to rip apart 8-inch lengths of the company’s famous fasteners.Today, the company’s global headquarters is in the United Kingdom, and its fasteners, found on everything from spacesuits to diapers, are made in seven countries.“We’re in planes, trains, automobiles, commercial and residential construction, hospitals. … It’s really everywhere,” Cameron said. “It’s really hard to go through a day without encountering our brand.”Velcro’s patent expired in 1978, however, allowing competitors such as 3M to move into the market.Penn Holderness, who wrote and directed the video for Walk West in Raleigh, North Carolina, said the goal was to make a ridiculous 1980s-style video in the vein of “We are the World” for what company officials acknowledge is a First World problem.“Creatively, we wanted to come up with something that looked and felt melodramatic and serious, but also clearly admitting, as Velcro was willing to do, that this is a bizarre problem that a lot of people don’t know about,” said Holderness, who’s known for viral music videos featuring his family.The song includes references to other successful brands that have become nearly synonymous with their products, with the name brands bleeped out: “If you need something/To clean up your socks/Do it with bleach/And not with (Clorox).” And “If you have blood/From a boo boo you made/This is a bandage/And not a (Band-Aid).”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida House is demanding the producer of a television show hosted by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse to turn over records in five days or risk hefty fines and even jail.The House voted Thursday to issue a subpoena for the records.Lawmakers are asking for years of records detailing how the show spent millions paid out by the state’s tourism agency — and how much was paid to Lagasse. Lawyers for producer Pat Roberts and his company MAT Media contend that he could be sued if the information is revealed.The show, “Emeril’s Florida,” aired on The Cooking Channel. It featured the chef touring the state and visiting some of Florida’s top restaurants. Visit Florida paid at least $10 million over a five-year period for the show.
TORONTO – Superior Court has appointed a litigation investigator to review $3 billion in payments made to Sears Canada shareholders, while the company’s pension fund had a nearly $300 million shortfall.The court has ordered litigation investigator Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP to look into the claims and report to a committee of creditors with recommendations about litigation to be pursued.Sears pensioners requested the investigator’s appointment in hopes of recouping some of the money they say has been missing since the company filed for bankruptcy last year.The workers’ complaints partially target U.S. hedge fund ESL Investments and its CEO Eddie Lampert, who took control of Sears in 2005 and received some of the $3 billion.In a blog post, Lampert has previously claimed that Sears had $500 million in cash available for use and no debt after the divided payments were made.He said his company suffered significant losses from Sears’s bankruptcy.He also blamed former workers for conflating numbers in Sears’ retirement plan with health, dental and life insurance that he claims has gone unfunded since 2008.
VANCOUVER – Tahoe Resources Inc. has restarted its La Arena gold mine in Peru following an agreement to end a protest and begin a formal dialogue to resolve complaints raised by members of the community of La Ramada.The Vancouver-based metals miner said Friday talks between Tahoe Peru and protesters would be hosted by the government’s mines ministry.Work at the mine had been suspended for eight days starting on Aug. 30 due to protests by an estimated 80 to 100 people from La Ramada.The company said previously that community members demanded monetary compensation for the alleged impact of dust and vibration from blasting at La Arena, which is three kilometres from La Ramada.Tahoe said Friday it now expects La Arena’s annual production this year will be at the low end of its estimated range of 160,000 to 185,000 ounces of gold due to the combined impact of the recent suspension and a labour strike in the second quarter.The company’s stock has been trading near multi-year lows since the share price dropped 38 per cent on Tuesday after Guatemala’s constitutional court upheld the suspension of the licence for its Escobal silver mine.That reversed a Supreme Court decision that had re-instated the licences, which were suspended by the government’s Ministry of Energy and Mines in order to conduct environmental consultations with a local community.Companies in this story: (TSX:THO)
Islamabad: Pakistani nationals having more than 152,500 offshore bank accounts could have stashed away a hefty sum of USD 11 billion abroad, a “mind-boggling” amount half of which is undeclared, a top minister was quoted as saying in a media report Tuesday. Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar told businessmen at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) that the number of offshore accounts was “mind-boggling”. “So is the amount involved and the names of account holders,” Azhar was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “All of these offshore account holders are resident Pakistanis and more than half of the hard currency stashed away by them is undeclared,” he said. The minister said many of these offshore account holders did not have legitimate, documented business. “That should be enough to underscore the scale of tax evasion (in the country). We wouldn’t have to beg if we could bring this money back home,” he said. Azhar said the offshore account holders were under the watch of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The information about the offshore bank accounts of Pakistani nationals was shared with the government by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Azhar said the government had “deployed technology” using database of the National Database and Registration Authority, Federal Investigation Agency, State Bank of Pakistan and the FBR to profile potential taxpayers in Pakistan. “Almost half the work is already done and by the end of April the profiling of such tax evaders will be completed,” he said. Last week, Chairman of the FBR Jahanzeb Khan told a parliamentary panel the board had neither set any tax recovery target from the holders of these accounts nor seen any tax potential from the Panama Papers leaks. The tax recovery target could not be given on the basis of information received about the offshore accounts because the account holders might have transferred money through legal channels or have plausible justification, he was quoted to have told the panel. Around 400 account holders are believed to have cash of USD 1 million or above in their accounts and the FBR has so far been able to recover USD 1.2 million from one individual as tax since the OECD shared the information with the country’s top tax agency. Several years ago, former finance minister Ishaq Dar had claimed that Pakistani nationals had parked a whopping USD 200 billion in Swiss accounts, but he never disclosed the source of his information. Based on his claim, the ruling Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf promised to recover this money after coming to power. The prime minister has also set up the Asset Recovery Unit for this purpose.
Taroudant, Morocco- The Secretary General of the Independence Party Hamid Chabat called in a video posted on YouTube on Saturday for the adoption of English instead of French as the second official language in Morocco.In his weekly show “Maa Ashaab” (with people) posted on YouTube every Friday, in which he responds to the questions he receives from citizens, Chabat calls for the adoption of English language in Morocco.“The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Amazigh, and I can say that in the future we have to make sure that English is the second language in Morocco, and that the rest of languages are equal” The Secretary General added, “It is inconceivable that English is the official language in France, while Morocco still considers French an official language.”Following the diplomatic row between Morocco and France over the accusations f Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the intelligence service DST of involvement in the torture of an activist, Chabat said, “Morocco should reconsider its relations with France” The leader of the Istiqlal party added that “the French see themselves above everyone else, something that Moroccans can never accept,” noting that “the history of Morocco, I can confirm, is stronger and more than the history of France”.It is worth mentioning that Hamid Chabat built early October in 2012 a replica of Eiffel Tower in Fez, which was immediately removed, and intended to build a gigantic arc like the “Arc de Triomphe” (Arc of Triumph ) in France at the entrance to the city of Fez on the road to Meknes. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Stanford brings back a lot of talent this seasonPercentage of 2018 contributions produced by players returning in 2019 for top NCAA women’s volleyball programs 9Oregon126.96.36.1997.740.2 The toughest competition, as is often the case in volleyball, comes in the Big Ten, which claimed five of the top eight spots in the preseason coaches poll.The Wisconsin Badgers may present the biggest challenger to Stanford as the only top-11 team returning a higher percentage of contributions. The preseason coaches poll put Wisconsin fifth, behind Nebraska and Minnesota, but Big Ten coaches named UW the conference favorite. The Badgers looked the part early but suffered a pair of close losses to ranked teams over the weekend and will need to bounce back.Wisconsin is led by a junior class featuring Sydney Hilley, Dana Rettke and a redshirted Molly Haggerty. The 6-foot-8 Rettke, a nearly unstoppable blocker, spent the summer competing with the U.S. national team. Haggerty was the 2016 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, but a back injury cost her all of 2017, and she struggled to return to form last year. Hilley, a Second-Team All-American, ranked fourth in the country in assists per set last year and is one of just three setters named to an All-American team who returns this season.And Illinois retained All-American outside hitter Jacqueline Quade from its Final Four team but lost setter Jordyn Poulter to graduation (she now plays on the national team). The Illini will likely replace her with Mica Allison — a transfer from Auburn, a former top recruit and one of the nation’s best underclassman setters. Illinois has also struggled early, losing a pair of matches this weekend, though Allison has barely played because of an injury.And perennial contenders Nebraska and Penn State enter the season with strong young teams. Nebraska, national champions in 2015 and 2017 and last year’s runners-up, can never be counted out, especially if setter Nicklin Hames makes a substantial leap her sophomore year. The Huskers are off to a 4-0 start with no seniors on the roster. Penn State has won at least 22 matches in each of the 41 seasons played under head coach Russ Rose. The Nittany Lions, with 15 underclassmen on their roster, have jumped out to a 5-0 record but face their first big test when Stanford comes to town on Friday.Minnesota made the biggest jump among last year’s top-10 teams, coming in third in the preseason rankings despite being upset by Oregon in last year’s regional semifinals. That loss marked the Gophers’ fourth-straight tournament upset; they were the No. 2 seed three of the last four years but haven’t reached the championship match since 2004. Replacing All-American setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is the biggest challenge for the Gophers this year, who have struggled early this season.Outside the Big Ten, a pair of Big 12 Teams are off to hot starts. No. 3 Texas swept Minnesota and took Stanford to five sets. And Baylor, a program that hasn’t reached even the Sweet 16 in 10 years, shot up to No. 5 after winning at Wisconsin and at Marquette to reach 5-0.The under-the-radar contender could be Kentucky. The SEC favorite is one of the best teams in terms of returning contributors. Junior setter Madison Lilley will try to make a case for player of the year, and there’s plenty of All-American talent around the roster.2Lilley and Leah Edmond were Second-Team All-Americans, while Gabby Curry was an honorable mention But the Wildcats struggled out of the gates, suffering an early-season straight-sets upset at the hands of then-unranked Utah.Stanford’s early-season challenges are far from over: The Cardinal face three top Big Ten teams in the next week, culminating next Wednesday with a rematch of the national championship game against Nebraska. And there will be challenges throughout the year from other top teams, especially come December. But if last year is any indication, the Cardinal will be ready. 2018 RankTeamKillsAssistsDigsBlocksAces 1Stanford85.1%99.9%98.4%68.7%98.8% Percentage returning 11Florida84.545.083.277.280.0 The programs that finished last season ranked in the top 11 last year were all ranked in the top 11 in the 2019 preseason poll.Sources: School websites, ACVA rankings 6Penn State57.615.666.566.669.0 7Minnesota92.111.768.485.447.9 10Kentucky82.098.387.471.272.8 8Wisconsin86.199.798.982.099.3 4BYU55.210.741.764.943.3 2Nebraska69.489.057.083.954.0 Stanford women’s volleyball faced a tough challenge just a week into the season, making a trip across the country last Wednesday to take on the then-No. 7 Florida Gators.But the match was hardly a struggle. The Cardinal — led by the trio of seniors Kathryn Plummer (21 kills), Jenna Gray (37 assists) and Morgan Hentz (15 digs) — dispatched Florida in straight sets, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Four days later, the team added a win over No. 3 Texas to improve to 4-0. As a result, Stanford was the unanimous top team in Monday’s coaches poll.The Cardinal finished 2018 with a 34-1 record, avenging its early-season loss to BYU in the national semifinals before beating Nebraska in the final. After rolling through the NCAA last season, the Cardinal return more of last year’s squad than almost any other top-ranked team.1The top 11 teams in last year’s end-of-season poll all started the 2019 season back in the top 11. But the road won’t be easy for the talented favorites, who will have to beat stalwarts from the Midwest and upstarts from the South.Stanford was the only school with three 2018 First-Team All-Americans, all of whom were juniors. The team’s biggest loss was middle blocker Tami Alade, a Second-Team All-American and the only senior who consistently played last season. Gray, the two-time defending Pac-12 Setter of the Year, was the only non-senior setter to earn First-Team All-American honors last year. Hentz, Mayor of Hentz-Ville, is the two-time defending Pac-12 Libero of the Year and last year’s Final Four Co-MVP.And then there’s Plummer, the two-time defending National Player of the Year, a dominant force on the outside who’s already racked up more awards than can comfortably fit on her bio page. Plummer, Hentz and Gray might be the NCAA’s top players at their respective positions. The trio has won a pair of titles together and may be in line for a third. 5Texas54.398.790.832.486.2 3Illinois76.613.579.949.870.4