Relationship enhancement

first_imgEngaged couples in Clarke, Oglethorpe and Oconee counties are being sought for the pre-marital preparation and relationship enhancement program provided by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Couples can enroll for a series of six one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor or attend an all-day workshop. One-on-one sessions will be determined by the schedules of the participants and counselors. A day-long program, limited to 12 couples, is scheduled for April 10.Registration for either option is $60, but couples who complete the program will qualify for a $35 discount on their marriage license.For more information, visit www.gamarriages.com or contact Ted Futris at (706) 542-7566 or [email protected]last_img

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Bayern beats Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to win 6th European Cup

first_imgPSG’s footballing superstars were subdued at a final which lacked the usual pre-match entertainment from pop stars.Not that PSG lacked chances to take the lead at a final that should have been played in Istanbul in May, rather than the Portuguese capital in late August when seasons usually begin not end.Only the presence of “Istanbul” on the matchball that Neymar struck at Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 18th was a reminder here of the pandemic-enforced change of location.Neymar did spark the move that saw Ander Herrera and Di Maria combine but the Argentine could only strike over.And an interchange between Herrera and Mbappé before halftime ended with a weak shot from the French forward. Bayern beats Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to win 6th European Cup The European Cup joins the Bundesliga trophy — won for an eighth successive season — and the German Cup.Bayern joins deposed champion Liverpool as six-time champions of Europe, only behind AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13).It was the first final to end 1-0 since Real Madrid beat Juventus in 1998 which was also the last final to feature teams who qualified as domestic champions. But the singing PSG contingent around the directors’ box was silenced in a stadium that was largely empty due to coronavirus restrictions.And when the final whistle blew, Neymar was in tears, embraced by Bayern rival David Alaba. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Kingsley Coman headed Bayern Munich to a sixth Champions League title on Sunday, scoring against boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain to seal a 1-0 victory in the first final to be played without fans.While Bayern won its first final since 2013, PSG has yet to lift the European Cup despite more than $1 billion being spent on players in nine years.More than $500 million was spent on Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria but PSG looked far from formidable or threatening against the Bavarian giants who felt more assured on European club football’s biggest stage. As the costly front three were frustrated in front of goal, it was instead a winger who grew up in Paris and started his career at PSG who inflicted the blow.The 24-year-old Coman ghosted in at the far post unchecked by the PSG defense and was ready to meet a cross from Joshua Kimmich in the 59th minute.It was Bayern’s 43rd goal of a perfect European campaign that has seen Bayern become the first team to win all 11 Champions League matches.It capped an incredible transformation this season under Hansi Flick, who emerged from the shadows in November, with a promotion to the top coaching job with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga. The season is now over — three months later than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic pause in play — with Bayern treble winners just as it was in 2013.center_img August 23, 2020 Associated Press Perhaps the only surprise was that there was no 56th goal of the season by Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.For once his scoring contribution was not needed as this season like no other ended with a 21st successive win for Bayern as part of a 30-game unbeaten run.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Face it, Hayes and Koening aren’t coming back — it’s time to move on, and here’s who’s looking hot

first_imgWith the likes of Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown graduating, the 2017-18 basketball season for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program will allow some fresh faces to come to the forefront.For the upcoming season, head coach Greg Gard and the Badgers will welcome seven new players, including two red shirt freshman from last season to the program. Here are the new kids on the block.The FreshmanKobe KingKobe King, Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball for 2017, will look to make an immediate impact on the team. The shooting guard from La Crosse, is rated by 24/7 Sports as a 3-star recruit and averaged 27 points per game in high school last season. King is an explosive guard who will look to spread the floor and create his own shot.After talking with my mom and family I have decided to commit to the University of Wisconsin #BadgerNation #AdidasUprising— Kobe King (@KingKobe27) September 16, 2015Brad DavisonMaple Grove guard and 4-star recruit Brad Davison will also look to fill the gaping guard hole made by departing seniors Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter. The athletic 6-foot-3 shooting guard also could’ve been found on the football field where he won many accolades, including AP All-State recognition. The Davison and King dynamic will be something that will only get stronger as they progress through the ranks of the program.After lots of Thought & Prayer with my Family, Im very excited to become a Badger Thankful for this Opportunity pic.twitter.com/HrzS0Tk3Jk— Brad Davison (@braddavi34) July 11, 2016Nathan ReuversHere’s where things get interesting. Six-foot-nine Nathan Reuvers seems to be a mold of the classic Wisconsin big man. Reuvers can work the inside game, but his shot from behind-the-arc is just as impressive. Critics question whether or not his thin frame will be able to defend larger men in college, but look for Reuvers’s game to only improve as he gets more game time experience and defends returning redshirt junior and AP All Third Team member, Ethan Happ. Reuvers will gain crucial skills from defending Happ in practice, similar to that of Happ when he had to defend Frank Kaminsky back in 2014-15. It’s clear that paid dividends could yield similar results with Reuvers.Beyond blessed to announce my commitment to further my education and basketball career at Wisconsin!#OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/b2IKyj0jEG— Nathan Reuvers (@Reuvers35) May 18, 2016The RedshirtsAleem FordWhen Greg Gard went down to IMG Academy looking to recruit D’mitrik Trice, he came home with not only Trice, but  a quietly recruited and highly athletic, Aleem Ford. Ford redshirted during the 2016-17 season, and will look to compete for a rotational role. If Ford can show early on that he can defend and be trustworthy on the offensive side, Ford may work his way into the starting five. To gain a spot Ford would likely have to outplay Khalil Iverson, who is returning following a sophomore campaign that saw him vastly improve both his regular and three point field goal percentages. It remains to be seen how quickly Ford can fulfill his potential as a highly athletic wing 3 and D wing.Michael BallardWalk-on Michael Ballard will look to compete for minutes for the upcoming season, but it may be difficult for him to crack the rotation. Ballard can hit the three ball, and there’s never been a better time to contribute to a program after losing substantial pieces like Koenig, and Showalter in the back court.The Walk-onWalt McGroryWalt McGrory is the all-time leading scorer at Edina High School, registering 2,126 career points. McGrory averaged 26.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game his senior year. After turning down scholarship offers from Brown, Drake, Furman, Maine and South Dakota State, McGrory will look to play some minutes and make an impact among a guard-heavy recruiting class.New year. New faces.Meet Walt McGrory pic.twitter.com/QdBDGwxk1v— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) June 29, 2017The TransferTrevor AndersonWisconsin is not known for scooping up transfers, but Trevor Anderson may be the perfect addition to the program. Unfortunately, due to NCAA regulations, Anderson must sit out the 2017-18 campaign, but will be eligible to play in the 2018-19 season.Taking A Leap Of Faith!! pic.twitter.com/Qt8e8wcRwV— Trevor Anderson (@TreMamBa15) May 3, 2017last_img read more

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NWS: Possible Tropical System in Gulf Means Rain for South FL

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center says the second named storm of the hurricane season could form later this week.The NHC predicts a 40 percent chance that a low pressure system will form into a storm near the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.If that happens, it would be named Barry.Forecasters are watching a trough of low pressure over the U.S. that is moving south toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it could grow the low pressure system.Typically, systems drift from the Gulf of Mexico toward land. However, this one could go in reverse, forming from a so-called mesoscale convective vortex, or MCV. An MCV is a group of thunderstorm clusters over land that can become tropical when they hit water. Whether or not there is tropical development, the overall weather pattern means rain for areas from Louisiana though the Florida Peninsula later this week.According to AccuWeather, cooler air above the MCV, combined with the warm and humid conditions to its south, “will spur thundery downpours daily through the week.”AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski says, “At this point, it appears the most likely area for slow development would be over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, perhaps near the coasts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana. That development could be tropical or subtropical.”last_img read more

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49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I’m good to go, finally,’ as training camp nears

first_imgFootball training camp is drudgery under a pitiless summer sun. It’s numbing repetition. Baseball’s spring training is synonymous with refreshing breezes. Football with a perpetual bead of sweat on the end of your nose.I hear some of the players aren’t too fond of it, either.Jimmy Garoppolo can’t wait.The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, coming back from a left ACL tear suffered in the third game of last season, checked in with the local media on Tuesday. He talked like a guy who will set …last_img

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Chinmayanand case: lawyers move SC over missing victim

first_imgA group of lawyers here on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court requesting initiation of proceedings over the missing law student incident in Uttar Pradesh to avoid repeat of the Unnao incident.Suo motu cognisanceIn a letter to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, a group of lawyers requested the court to take suo motu cognisance of the issue. They also mentioned the matter before the Bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana.Initially, the court asked lawyers to approach the High Court but later asked them to submit the letter. It also assured them that it would look into the matter.The lawyers requested the court to issue notice to the U.P. government to trace the girl and provide police protection to her family. “We as a society can’t allow another Unnao case to happen,” it said.The National Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh police while the Uttar Pradesh Women Commission has sought a report from the Shahjahanpur district administration in the case.The NCW, which has taken a serious note of the incident, has urged the Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police to expeditiously investigate the allegations of harassment levelled by the student and ensure the safety of the girl and her family.“Considering the gravity of the matter, the commission is taking suo motu cognisance of this case and issued a notice to the DGP Uttar Pradesh to investigate this matter and send a detailed report to the commission. The commission had urged the DGP to ensure the safety of the girl and her family and also make sure that the investigation is done very quickly,” the NCW said in a statement.UPWC chief Vimla Batham also expressed her commitment to safe return of the girl, who had been pursuing her studies in a college run by Mr. Chinmayanand’s Mumukshu ashram. “We have taken note of the incident and sought a report from the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Shahjahapur. We are awaiting report,” Ms. Batham told reporters.The student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that she was under threat from the leader of the sant community, without naming Mr. Chinmayanand.last_img read more

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Report: Jalen Hurts Has “Won The Coaches And Team” At Alabama

first_imgAlabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium during a day gameInstagramCould Alabama start a true freshman at quarterback this season? According to Shannon B. Terry, Jalen Hurts has “won the coaches and team” heading into the 2016 season.Terry, the founder of 247Sports.com, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to discuss Alabama’s quarterback situation heading into this year’s campaign. He notes that junior Cooper Bateman is “trending down”, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is “improving” and true freshman Jalen Hurts has “won” the team over.Terry implies that even if Hurts isn’t named the starter at the beginning of the season, he expects him to be the quarterback by mid-season. That’s huge news, considering Hurts’ lack of experience.(1 of 2) #Alabama QB Bateman is trending down this fall, Barnett is improving and Hurts has won the coaches and team at this point.— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016(2 of 2) Only real decision 4 UA coaches is what is best way to develop Hurts? unless there’s a sig change, he will be the QB by mid-season— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016For the past two seasons, Alabama has turned to seniors to lead the team behind center. In 2014, Blake Sims helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff. In 2015, it was Jake Coker leading the team to a national championship. Before that, it was AJ McCarron taking snaps for three seasons.Hurts getting the nod would be a surprise, but it’s never wise to doubt Nick Saban. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call against USC.last_img read more

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Minister Grange Says Government to Assist Kemoy Campbell

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says the “government will be there for Kemoy Campbell,” the Jamaican runner who collapsed during competition in the United States on the weekend.Campbell has been hospitalised since the incident on Saturday.Minister Grange says she has reached out to the athlete’s family and management and has been “making arrangements to assist with Kemoy’s care.”Minister Grange notes that Kemoy Campbell is registered with the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Programme and is able to access benefits under the scheme. In addition, the Minister has mandated the Sports Development Foundation to be ready to assist with his immediate needs.“We continue to pray for Kemoy’s recovery and assure him and his family that Jamaica will be there for them during this time. We have been in discussions about what he requires now and we are committed to doing what is necessary to see that he gets the best care and achieves a full recovery,” said Minister Grange.last_img read more

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Trudeau Xi face off on future of trade as PM China trip

first_imgBEIJING, China – Smiles and warm handshakes, ceremony and splendour — all of it will be on vivid display on Monday when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang extends a red-carpet welcome to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.But the spectacle that will envelop Trudeau’s arrival at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People will shroud a starker reality: Canada’s uphill fight to forge a fair trading relationship with a big, ambitious country that plays by its own rules.The government is playing down the possibility that this trip would mark the start of formal free trade talks, but the prime minister will be looking to attract Chinese investors and move economic relations forward. China is eager to get on with actual negotiations after several long rounds of “exploratory” discussions with Canada.But Canada needs something else first: guarantees from China the talks won’t be strictly business.Senior government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, say Canada wants China to agree to a framework for free trade talks that will include its so-called progressive trade agenda — environmental and labour, gender and governance issues.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Saturday that Canada has raised those issues in exploratory talks in order to gauge the reaction of the Chinese.Chinese officials have repeatedly said any free trade deal with Canada should be divorced of human rights considerations. But Canada wants to continue to add what it sees as this broader progressive trade agenda that it successfully entrenched in its free trade deal with Europe and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Pacific Rim countries, not including China.As one of the architects of the current world trading order after the Second World War, Canada wants to protect and advance the rules of progressive international trade. Exactly how Canada persuades China to take a broader view has become a major preoccupation across many federal departments, officials say.“This is our turf in many respects. We’re not really going to let anyone else rewrite the rules,” one official said.The recently completed rounds of the exploratory talks were “about gathering intel, about understanding the situation.”Canada isn’t interested in negotiating a basic goods-and-services agreement similar to Australia’s pact with China, nor is it interested in negotiating piecemeal, sector by sector, the official said. That’s because if Canada and China strike a deal in aerospace, for instance, the principles that guide that agreement wouldn’t necessarily be applicable when a dispute arises in another, say agriculture.Champagne said in a recent speech that Canada wants to establish a broad framework “where issues can be addressed and rule of law is paramount.”Canada wants to level the playing field with a much larger country, including protecting the interests of small and medium sized companies, the minister said. And it is not interested in backing down from its progressive trade agenda.“When it comes to trade, Canadians expect us to be resolute and steadfast in the promotion of our values abroad, in preserving and protecting our national security, and all the while growing our economy,” Champagne said.“We must see the entire chessboard and plan our moves accordingly.”But many analysts say that chessboard is heavily stacked in China’s favour.Canada faces China’s most powerful leader in decades: President Xi Jinping, who solidified a bold vision for China’s future at a landmark party congress in October. With the protectionist Trump administration in Washington, Xi has positioned himself as the protector of liberalized trade. But his speech to the party congress promised to project a China worldview that he called “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”“They have made crystal clear the future for China is not democracy and western human rights, not today, not tomorrow and not in the long term,” said Paul Evans of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia.“It means they are more rigid than even on their approach to human rights,” he added.“Chinese leadership is really going to be welcome in several fields but it may be changing the rules in ways we should be nervous about.”David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Canada needs a more comprehensive China strategy that addresses its continued rise as well as Canada’s interests and values. So far, he said, he has not seen that.“Xi is less interested in market forces than his predecessors, much more inclined to state intervention and much more inclined to do things that really cause the playing field to be skewed in China’s favour,” said Mulroney.“Negotiating this with Xi Jinping makes the job a lot more difficult, but not impossible.”Trudeau is to meet Xi on Tuesday in Beijing.Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, said she doesn’t think Canada is prepared to start formal trade talks with China. The two countries need to establish some guidelines at the start “so that we’re not surprised later.”“The template for us is CETA and TPP, which are very high-standard agreements, which include goods, services, investment, competition policy, state-owned enterprises,” said Dobson.China’s view is more straightforward. “It’s probably agriculture and natural resources and maybe kick us in the pants to build a pipeline to the west coast.”Champagne argued in his speech that Canada is more than a county of 35 million people because it has preferential access to a market of 1.2 billion through trade deals such as the Canada-EU pact and the much-threatened NAFTA.Mulroney said Canada has other leverage, too. The Chinese continue to place stock in the long-standing historical connections to Norman Bethune and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s breakthrough in establishing diplomatic relations.“We may think it’s quaint, but it’s real to them,” added Dobson.“They’ve got 5,000 years (of history) and this is only five minutes ago.”last_img read more

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EC orders removal of 6 Central Force jawans posted as Arjun’s bodyguards

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the removal of 6 Central Force jawans, who had been deputed as bodyguards of BJP candidate Arjun Singh, who is contesting the elections from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. The decision comes in the wake of the scuffle at Halishahar between Singh and the police.A TMC party office was ransacked at Halishahar on Sunday. Blaming BJP for the same, Trinamool leaders subsequently alleged that Singh was using the Central Force jawans to impose his will in the area. Meanwhile, on his way to attend a meeting with Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey at the District Magistrate’s office in Barasat, Singh said that he will conduct an ‘operation’ on May 6 when Barrackpore will go to polls. “I conduct various types of operation during every election. Tomorrow I will also conduct a new one as well,” Singh said, in an apparent jab at the Opposition. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that a report has been sought from the district election office on Singh’s statement. The Commission will examine the statement soon. Dinesh Trivedi, who is contesting from Barrackpore on TMC’s ticket, relied on the administration to counter any such ‘operation’ conducted by his rival. Trivedi also attended the meeting convened by the Special Police Observer. “The administration is there to take care of any ‘operation’ he (Singh) was talking about. I don’t want to comment on his statement,” Trivedi said.last_img read more

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