After Eric Congdon opened a crate from China and discovered a cat inside, coming up with a name for the furry stowaway was easy. China the cat had chewed through one of the boxes that left Shanghai on April 3 and spent at least 35 days on a ship inside the container filled with motorcycle gear. “I saw something in the container move,” Congdon said. “I turned up the headlights on the fork lift to get a better look.” That was when he saw the cat cowering in a corner, weak but still alive. Congdon, owner of Olympia Moto Sports in Hendersonville, N.C., said he and a co-worker called the county’s animal services when the cat would not let them near. A co-worker of Congdon’s plans to adopt China, if she checks out with a veterinarian. North Carolina law says any animal coming into the country must be vaccinated and quarantined for six months. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
OAKLAND — There’s no point in guessing how long Sean Manaea might be out. The fact of the matter is, there’s not enough info out on this type of surgery to make a fair estimation. But the A’s have hope.Manaea underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Wednesday in Los Angeles. Along with repairing his labrum, ElAttrache also cut down part of the bone in Manaea’s shoulder in order to give him more joint space.Scraping of the bone might sound like …
Award-winning local stand-up comedianTrevor Noah will be the first SouthAfrican and African to appear onThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno.(Image: yomzansi.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Trevor Noah Bookings+27 11 726 7611RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins international award • Shaken and stirred in Cape Town • The boy who sees in pictures • Mandela quotations book published Wilma den HartighAward-winning local stand-up comedian Trevor Noah will be the first South African – and African – to appear on the popular late-night American talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.A chance to perform a comedy act on The Tonight Show, which is watched by millions of people every day, is a major career break for Noah and puts the spotlight on South Africa’s comedy talent.He got lucky when he was spotted by the show’s scouts who were searching for talented performers to appear on the show. After a tough audition process, he was selected as one of the comedians to perform on the show.In an interview on Talk Radio 702, Noah says it is a great honour to appear on a show that has such a huge following in many countries.“Having this appearance on my credentials will put me head and shoulders above many comedians. Many American comedians haven’t even been on the show,” he says.Noah is in illustrious company, as other famous comedians who have appeared on The Tonight Show include Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Steven Wright, Roseanne Barr and Joan Rivers.Telling the story of South AfricaNoah first made a name for himself performing for South African audiences and he has often been seen on stage with some of South Africa’s funniest people, such as Riaad Moosa, Darren Simpson, Marc Lottering and the ever-popular Barry Hilton.Recently Noah became closely associated with mobile services provider Cell C, as its “customer experience officer”, a personality developed as part of the company’s new brand identity. His job was to represent consumers, keep the company on its toes and assist them in understanding the needs of their subscribers.He has also received awards for his ability to get people laughing. At the South African Comedy Awards in 2008 he was the winner in the Best Breakthough Act category.For the past six months, he has been touring the US, entertaining American audiences with his signature brand of stand-up comedy.He says that most of what he talks about, even to American audiences, is about South Africa. His act for The Tonight Show will be no different.“I love telling the story of South Africa whenever I travel the world. We have such an amazing history and telling my story, which is a tiny part of South Africa’s history, is a great joy for me,” he says.In an interview with South African-born arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou, on her blog Miss Ntertainment, Noah says that he also hopes to use the opportunity to showcase South African comedy, which he believes is of a high standard.“The truth is, there is good and bad comedy everywhere in world. In South Africa we have international quality comedy,” he says.In preparation for his appearance on the show, he has been performing at comedy clubs and shows across the US to perfect his five-minute set.“I have bouts of nervousness, but it is a great opportunity to be on a show like this. I am as ready as I can be,” he says.Trevor Noah’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show will air in the US tonight, and be broadcast on CNBC Africa (DStv channel 410) on Tuesday 10 January at 21:00.
Mumbai Indians are in no mood to give up and every time they have stepped on the field, their players have fought hard to stay in contention for the playoffs. And tonight was no different, as they inflicted a crushing 80-run defeat on Delhi Daredevils to move to third spot in the points table. (Full Coverage | Points Table ) Delhi opted to bowl and the Mumbai batsmen played according to the pitch, which was a bit tricky one to bat on. Krunal Pandya was the man of the moment – first with the bat and then starring with the ball. Pandya took control of Mumbai’s innings after Rohit’s dismissal by playing a ballistic 37-ball 87, which was studded with six sixes and seven fours.Martin Guptill (48) also combined well with Pandya to help Mumbai post a huge total of 206 on the board. Delhi looked in business until Quinton de Kock was there at the crease but Pandya took him out and reduced the threat. After that Delhi lost the plot and were bowled out for 126.Rohit lauds PandyaMumbai skipper Rohit credited Pandya for playing fearless cricket and said the allrounder will remember the knock for a long time.”Krunal Pandya played a brilliant knock and played some fearless cricket. Everytime you back yourselves, you will get the results and he will remember that knock for a long time,” Rohit said.”We wanted to play a game like that, wanted to win with a big margin. Everything went according to the plan, perfect day for us,” Rohit on Mumbai’s perfect day on the field.advertisementKnock to remember”I was really happy that I did well. I assessed the conditions well and did not target a score,” Pandya on how he planned his innings.”I want to dedicate this innings to my parents and my brother who always supports me. Also want to dedicate this to one of my coaches.”
Serie A ‘Icardi is not available’ – Inter without top scorer for Crotone clash, Spalletti confirms Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:41 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Serie A Internazionale Internazionale v Crotone Crotone The capital club are set to be without their top scorer against Crotone on Saturday due to a muscle issue Mauro Icardi will miss Inter’s match at home to Crotone on Saturday through injury but new recruit Rafinha can expect to at least “play a part”, according to coach Luciano Spalletti.Icardi has been a standout performer in Serie A this season and looks well on track to beat his personal best of 24 league goals in a single campaign, having already got 18 in 22 games.But the Argentinian will have to sit out the visit of struggling Crotone to San Siro due to a muscle issue. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bayern Munich loanee Rafinha faces no such problems, however, and the Brazilian will feature in some capacity, having made his debut against SPAL with a one-minute cameo off the bench.”Icardi is not available,” Spalletti told reporters at his pre-match news conference. “He would like to play, even from home, but this is not possible. He has a muscle problem and we thought it was best not to risk him.”[Belgian youngster Xian] Emmers will be called up. As for what this will change, we will be missing a Capocannoniere, but Eder will take his place,” he added, referring to Icardi’s status as a challenger for the title of Serie A’s top scorer this season. “He [Eder] can create spaces and link up well with the midfield. Tomorrow [Saturday] there will be times when we won’t know who’ll be in the box to finish. There will probably be about two or three players who we wouldn’t expect.”We must demonstrate the many qualities that we have here and look at those which have permitted us to be coaches and players at Inter. | #Spalletti: “Usually we have @MauroIcardi up front, but tomorrow there will be times when we won’t know who’ll be in the box to finish. There will probably be about two or three players who we wouldn’t expect.” #InterCrotone pic.twitter.com/a0oAXXJFxY— Inter (@Inter_en) February 2, 2018″We must move past this current spell and get back to our best. Rafinha will definitely play a part in the match. Rafinha is a top quality player.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Stoke boss Nathan Jones accepts he’ll likely lose his jobby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City boss Nathan Jones has accepted he will likely lose his job this week.Jones was speaking after the Potters lost 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town.He admitted: “If I’m not getting the results I expect the inevitable to happen. I’m not concerned. I was concerned after four days of taking the job, but I’m not concerned now.”The league table doesn’t lie after 10 games, we just haven’t been good enough. It’s a wonderful club and the fans and owners have given me lots of patience, but we’ve lost our way and something has to change.”I’ve had nine months to turn things around and, for one reason or another, I’ve not done it. It’s been tough on me and my family, but I just feel sad. It’s a great club but it just hasn’t worked out.”I couldn’t have given it any more, I’ve given it everything I can.”
Twitter/@6NewsThis season was supposed to be a return to form for the proud Tennessee program. While Georgia was the favorite to win the SEC East, some liked the young, talented Volunteers to take a big leap and challenge the Bulldogs for a spot in the SEC Championship. After rough Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley regimes, Butch Jones looked like the guy to lead the Vols back to national relevance. Instead, Tennessee is 2-3, with brutal losses to Oklahoma, and most recently Arkansas, another disappointing SEC program. The three losses have featured incredibly questionable coaching decisions, and the tide has seemingly turned for head coach Butch Jones.Butch Jones was a darling in Knoxville just three weeks ago, but now some Tennessee fans want to see him gone.To all the people wanting to fire Butch Jones: Charlie Strong will probably be available at the end of the season. #vols— Wesley Mason (@RealWMason) October 4, 2015What’s it like to have all the tools and still fail @UTCoachJones— Will Caffey (@Caffeyteria) October 4, 2015After tonight I am convinced Butch Jones isn’t the man for the job. He can recruit, he can say the right things, but he can’t coach…— Chase Slaven (@chaseslaven7) October 4, 2015Butch Jones has to go. There is no process. There are no bricks. Just mile high piles of cow sh*t— Zach Breazeale (@breazeale31) October 4, 2015Dear diary: today @UTCoachJones was a clown….again, when will he quit?— graeham jones (@JackDaddyJones) October 4, 2015Butch Jones sucks so much at coaching it’s hard to really describe. Recruits, please stop placating him. Dead man walking .— Baltz Vol (@Baltz_Vol) October 4, 2015Lyle @UTCoachJones has had 13+ lead in each of his games and is 2-3. All other Power 5 teams that have led 13+ are 157-5. #Vols #GBO— Matt Broyles (@matt_broyles) October 4, 2015#vfl #vols Here are Butch Jones’ impressive UT wins. pic.twitter.com/FHhBFvyOw7— Charlie Miller (@ChuckInMemphis) October 4, 2015“The magical cure” is taking Butch Jones out into the middle of the desert and leaving him there. kay? Kay.— Sara (@_saral93) October 4, 2015Brick by brick just ain’t cutting it anymore. House is crumbling. Not impressed with Butch Jones. Never should’ve fired Phillip Fulmer.#Vols— Heather☮Brewer (@heatherkayb) October 4, 2015To make matters worse, there are some very nasty rumors out about Jones now. They are completely unverified, but it can’t help the situation. Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, a Tennessee fan, tweeted a link to a post on the VolNation message boards, which includes an absolutely crazy rumor.Butch Jones is Derek Dooley with worse hair.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) October 4, 2015You know things are bad for Butch Jones at UT when rumors that he punched offensive lineman Mack Crowder blow up: http://t.co/1p4rENPkTL— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) October 4, 2015 I don’t believe Butch Jones punched an offensive lineman because I think he’d swing and miss and blame it on youth.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) October 4, 2015Again, these are just rumors, and pretty unbelievable ones at that, but even without them, Jones’ seat seems unbelievably hot after just five weeks.
Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year. Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this represents a 4.7 per cent increase when compared to the corresponding period last year.Providing an official update on the performance of the sector at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on September 5, Mr. Bartlett said the sector continues to perform well amidst national, regional and global challenges.He said the figures indicate that the sector is on target to outperform the benchmark target of five per cent growth in five years.“Last year broke all of that, because we got 12 per cent. To grow on last year is a phenomenal achievement and to be growing at the five per cent that we project is even more phenomenal,” the Minister said.He noted that preliminary gross foreign exchange earnings for the first eight months of 2018 were approximately US$2.2 billion.“That means you are trending well ahead of the US$3-billion mark for the end of this calendar year. If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected five per cent annual growth,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister pointed out that the figures indicate the country experienced the “best summer” performance for the period May to August 2018.Mr. Bartlett informed that the provisional estimates showed stopover arrivals up by six per cent, when compared to the corresponding period last year.“That is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017. These figures contributed to total visitor arrivals of 1,312,494, which was a 4.4 per cent increase over the same period last year,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett emphasised that this augurs well for the country’s high season, which begins in December. Provisional figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that between January and August 2018, a total of 2.95 million tourists visited Jamaica.
APTN National NewsAbout 50 opponents and leaders from British Columbia were on Parliament Hill today to condemn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for approving permits on the controversial Site C Dam and to talk to people about UNDRIP.The group ctravelled by bus from B.C. to Ottawa, making stops along the way to raise awareness about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and their opposition to the multibillion-dollar dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River.At the end of July, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans approved permits allowing construction to proceed on the dam despite ongoing court challenges.The department says this authorization followed extensive First Nations consultations.West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson strongly disagrees with the permit approval, saying the Liberal government shouldn’t have allowed it while the courts are still reviewing the project.Willson says the decision is not in keeping with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge for a new nation-to-nation relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.–with files from the Canadian Press
Categories: Maturen News State Rep. Dave Maturen has again been named to a committee that assists U.S. Rep. Fred Upton in interviewing candidates seeking nominations to military service academies.“I have been honored to participate in the selection process for more than 20 years, and every year I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the talented young people from the greater Kalamazoo area who have an interest in serving their country,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “I look forward to meeting with this year’s candidates.”Service academies are federal education institutions that prepare officers for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Merchant Marines and the Coast Guard. Nominations for appointment may be given by the president of the United States, vice president of the United States, senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives.Candidates are evaluated in five areas: moral character, academic record, leadership potential, physical fitness and commitment to the military.Rep. Maturen – who previously served in the Army – will screen and interview candidates along with other committee members appointed by Congressman Upton. The committee will then provide Congressman Upton with a list of potential nominees.Interviews will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3.### 29Nov Rep. Maturen looking forward to interviewing military academy candidates