Student lending crisis winner: Olive Garden

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a span of a few years between the mid-70s and early-80s, our family went from upper-middle class to simply put, poor. Growing up in northwest Arkansas, at the edge of the Ozarks and Boston Mountains, we came up as one of the few old-money families in the area – and, as a kid, it was great!In my pre-teen years, for a number of reasons, it all went away. My brother, sister and I all had to get jobs by the time I was 12 to help pay bills, buy our own coats and those kinds of things. For me, I processed the situation into a motivation to work hard, earn some money and get myself into college.Going to and graduating from a university, for me, was one of the best/worst decisions I’ve made. It opened doors to internships and eventually one of those internships led to my first job in journalism. The downside of it all was the enormous financial stress it placed on my head for years in trying to land financial aid or get a couple of extra restaurant jobs to cover the costs of that education. At the time, I had the strange opportunity to talk to the university president one-on-one about it. I told him, “The way the system is set up makes future me regret what I’m doing here.” His response, in part, was, “It’s about the experience, Mr. Ogden.” continue reading »last_img read more

Salah penalty sends ‘mature’ Liverpool seven points clear again

first_imgBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed his side’s maturity as Premier League contenders after breaking down an obdurate Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah’s 50th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win on Saturday.Klopp’s men had lost their last two games in very contrasting fashion as Manchester City inflicted Liverpool’s only Premier League defeat of the campaign nine days ago before a much-changed side lost in the FA Cup to Wolves.Liverpool were far from their fluent best on England’s south coast, but ground out a vital win to move seven points clear of City at the top of the table thanks to a 13th clean sheet in 22 league games this season.“The headline before the game was ‘be ready’, the headline after the game is ‘very mature’,” said Klopp.“It’s so important. On the good days everybody can win; on average days not a lot of teams can win football games and, on a bad day, only a few can win.“Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day because Brighton is doing really well.”Salah was just one a number of first-team regulars to return from Monday’s defeat by Wolves, but the Egyptian and the rest of Liverpool’s forward line were starved of service before the break as Brighton sat deep and the visitors dominated possession without any cutting edge.“It was very hard but that is how it is,” added Klopp. “I liked the performance. It wasn’t an opera of football but it was a really nice song.”– Salah’s signal of intent –Salah immediately signalled a change in Liverpool’s intent after half-time as his powerful shot at the end of a purposeful run was well saved by David Button. Brighton, though, were architects of their own downfall moments later. Salah was given too much room inside the area to turn and Pascal Gross then hauled down last season’s Premier League player of the year.“I feel for Pascal because Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player once he gets in those positions one on one,” said Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who had no complaints over the penalty award.Salah stepped up to blast the penalty past Button and move level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane as the league’s top-scorer on 14 goals for the season.One moment of madness from Gross undid Hughton’s gameplan to defend and frustrate the league leaders.Yet, the German midfielder had a chance to make amends almost immediately with Brighton’s best opportunity to level, but his shot was bravely blocked by Fabinho.From then on Liverpool looked more likely to add to their lead than concede as Firmino’s fierce strike from outside the box was placed too close to Button before Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane fired wide.Salah passed up a glorious chance two minutes from time when he turned James Milner’s driven cross wide from point-blank range.That could have proved costly when Florin Andone escaped in behind the Liverpool defence in stoppage time, but his low cross found no takers.And Liverpool held out to ensure a largely forgettable 90 minutes could be remembered as another important step on course to the title come May.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

A painful lesson for Bayern’s league rivals

first_imgLOSERSLooking for the season’s biggest loser, one might end up with Schalke 04. An unparalleled fall, after 16 games without a win, seemed to increase doubts about the future of coach David Wagner. Financial turbulence and in-house scandals makes it difficult to see the Royal Blues’ turning things around for next season.Borussia Dortmund might have ended up second, but couldn’t reach its goal of outpacing Bayern. The Black and Yellows gave evidence that they couldn’t shake off their significant mentality problems, throwing away points against underdog Mainz (2-0) and Hoffenheim (4-0).“We need to talk about the winner mentality Bayern has, and we haven’t,” said Borussia goalkeeper Roman Burki.Relegated Dusseldorf proved turmoil in a club’s leadership can spoil an entire season. As much as Bayern deserves to be called a haven of stability, Fortuna deserves to be part of the second-tier next season.Werder Bremen seems on its way to getting their heads out of a tight spot. If coach Florian Kohfeldt can survive the two relegation games against the third-placed side of the second division, Werder will be one of the season winners. Enditem****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Bayern Munich celebratingKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |   Bayern Munich’s eighth consecutive national title is well deserved. The hidden message behind it, nevertheless, is a painful reminder for the Bavarians’ domestic rivals; it takes more than ambitious announcements to end the 2013 treble winners’ dominance.Christian Seifert praised the German league’s efforts as football’s pioneers during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, having set up a suitable hygiene concept other European leagues followed.Although some of the 18 German first-tier sides have a reason to complain about their failures, the 57th season has produced several losers and winners aside from record-setting Bayern.WINNERSBayern’s achievements are clear for all to see. They not only scored 100 season goals, but Robert Lewandowski won the golden boot with 34 goals. Thomas Mueller finished with 22 assists, tying the season record. Coach Hansi Flick won his first title and managed to create a successful turnaround for a team struggling in the season’s first half.Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann established the East-German side among the top 3, outmaneuvering established rivals, Moenchengladbach and Leverkusen. Timo Werner scored remarkable 28 goals before leaving for Premier League side Chelsea.League newcomer Union Berlin secured its place in the first division with an encouraging attitude. Having kicked Dusseldorf down to the second division on matchday 34, tells the story of impeccable sportsmanship considering the East-Berlin side was safe already.Champions League qualifier Moenchengladbach proved the team development is progressing steadily, allowing them to take the next step under new coach Marco Rose.SC Paderborn might have ended the season with relegation, but coach Steffen Baumgart and his squad proved one can still enjoy football when not competing for trophies. The league newcomer earned deep respect as they never gave up.Bruno Labbadia gave Hertha new hope to possibly turn into a big city club without the help of a prominent name such as Jurgen Klinsmann.last_img read more

Police: Florida Man Killed Couple, Hid Bodies in Swamp

first_imgA Florida man was arrested on Saturday, after authorities say he killed a married couple while they slept and then had his stepdaughter help him bury the bodies in a swamp.Officials with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls last week about a 19-year-old woman who was trying to sell a truck for $200. She told buyers the price was low because the owner no longer needed the vehicle.It belonged to the victims, 33-year-old Raymond Cline 37-year-old Crystal Ann Cline, who were last seen Feb. 21.Investigators went to the home of the 19-year-old woman, Amberlyn Nichols, after she tried to sell the couple’s truck. Sheriff Grady Judd says Nichols admitted that she and her boyfriend helped her stepfather hide the bodies in the backyard. She then led investigators to the decomposing bodies.Todd Jackson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. According to Nichols, he was angry because Raymond Cline owed him money. Authorities add that Jackson broke into the Clines’ home and shot them both in the head as they slept.According to The Tampa Bay Times, Nichols and her boyfriend are facing charges that include failing to report a death and accessory after the fact.She also told authorities that she had been living in the Clines’ home instead of the tent in a park where she typically sleeps.last_img read more

IRISH-BRED SEPTEMBER STARS IMPRESSIVE IN U.S. DEBUT AS SHE TAKES $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY ONE LENGTH UNDER STEVENS; TRAINED BY GALLAGHER, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.16

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2017)–A bit rank early, Irish-bred September Stars leveled off when it counted under Gary Stevens, as she took Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a measured length while getting a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.16.  Idle since well beaten in England on Sept. 23, September Stars is trained by Paddy Gallagher.Breaking from the rail in a field of six older fillies and mares, September Stars, a 4-year-old filly, was a handful with Stevens under the wire the first time, but settled some down the backstretch.  A close fourth behind a three-horse spread turning for home, Stevens angled to the rail furlong out and September Stars rocketed to the lead and won in-hand late over Mrs. Norris, who had first run on her turning for home.“I saw that she had pulled some in her races over there (England),” said Stevens.  “Wow…she’s got some gears.”Off at 5-1, September Stars paid $13.40, $6.60 and $3.80.  Owned by Andrew Rosen and Edward Easton, she picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $49,201.  She now has three wins from nine career starts.“She had trained nice,” said Gallagher, himself born and bred on the Emerald Isle.  “A mile and one eighth looks like a really good distance for her.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Mrs. Norris, who finished 2 ½ lengths in front of Sweet Dragon Fly, was off at 6-1 and paid $5.60 and $3.40.English-bred Sweet Dragon Fly, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was off at 9-1 and paid $5.00 to show.Heavily favored at even money, Radiantly, who was ridden by Brice Blanc, was done three furlongs from home and finished fifth.Fractions on the race were 23.61, 48.25, 1:12.66 and 1:36.89.last_img read more

Sowetans get express train

first_img4 July 2007Johannesburg’s new train service, the Soweto Business Express, cuts down commuting times between Soweto and the city centre and offers additional amenities to lure travellers away from the roads.Launched on Tuesday, the Soweto Business Express will operate during peak hours only, travelling between Naledi in Soweto and Johannesburg Park Station in less than 45 minutes.The train forms part of a South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) initiative to provide a safe and efficient service for commuters, while reducing traffic on the roads.The train, which seats 530 people, will have 23 cabin crewmembers that will assist commuters by serving beverages and newspapers, while there were also be onboard connections for laptops. There will also be about 10 security guards.Commuters will pay R17 for daily tickets, R95 for a weekly ticket and R310 for the month.The train, which will be operated by SARCC subsidiary Metrorail, will only stop at Naledi, Ikhwezi, Dube and Johannesburg, and will incorporate services such as buses and taxis.Speaking during the launch at Naledi station, Transport Minster Jeff Radebe said the government was committed to achieving “a high quality public transport network which integrates rail, bus and taxis from a single efficient and effective public transport system.”SARCC chief executive Lucky Montana said rail transport was crucial to reducing traffic congestion and air pollution caused by cars, and important for economic growth.“Many people spend a lot of money on petrol each day, but with this service, people will save money and cut travelling times,” Montana said. “We therefore want to invest money to provide safe, efficient trains and habitable stations.”Montana said 180 000 people moved through the Naledi-Johannesburg corridor weekly, generating about R900 000 per month.He added that the SARCC had set aside over R16-billion over three years to improve its services, R7-billion of which was earmarked for the upgrading of coaches.A similar service is to be introduced between Johannesburg and Pretoria early next year.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

BT Group opens Cape networking facility

first_img29 August 2011Global communications and IT services group BT is expanding its infrastructure investment in South Africa with the opening of an international network traffic routing facility at Melkbosstrand in the Western Cape.The facility will enable the company to strengthen its position as a leading provider of networked IT services and also gain better control of its local infrastructure and improve services to enterprises with a presence in South Africa.“The new infrastructure is of particular importance for the development of the regional and national economy,” the company said in a statement last week. “For example, Cape Town has established itself as a major global hub for call centres and is set to benefit greatly as BT introduces new services and solutions aimed at call centre operators.”BT operates one of the world’s largest global internet protocol-based networks, which underpins mission-critical applications for leading global enterprises from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries.Vendor neutral co-locationThe new routing facility will be linked to Teraco, a vendor neutral co-location site in Cape Town, through which other operators and customers will connect directly onto the BT network.Connectivity between the routing facility and Teraco will be provided by Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), an independent fibre network provider with 600km of fibre network in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.In 2009, BT was awarded individual Electronic Communications Services (i-ECS) and Electronic Communication Network Services (i-ECNS) licences from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.“Recent changes in the South African telecommunications regulatory environment have provided local and global telco providers with an opportunity to lower costs of connectivity and improve service levels offered to their customers,” BT said.BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. British Telecommunications (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Serena may lack intimidation factor when she returns on tour, says Evert

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Evert said standards in women’s tennis had risen this year since Williams stepped off the tour, warning that the 36-year-old would be returning to a more competitive environment.“I think that this whole year, the level has gone up because Serena hasn’t been dominant and the other players have all felt that they had a shot at it, at the number one ranking,” Evert said, speaking in her role as an ambassador for this month’s WTA Finals in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think that because of that challenge, they have improved in the physical and the mental part of it because they’ve all had a shot at it and they’ve pushed each other and that’s why there have been so many different winners. So I think the level will have improved by the time Serena comes back.”Since Williams’ last match –- January’s Australian Open final against her sister Venus –- Jelena Ostapenko was a surprise winner of the French Open, Garbine Muguruza triumphed at Wimbledon and Sloane Stephens capped a brilliant return from injury to lift the US Open trophy. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Muguruza, the current number one, have all held the top ranking this season, and Russia’s Maria Sharapova is back on the scene after returning from a 15-month drug ban.Asian upsets“There’s so many things we don’t know about Serena, how it’s going to feel to her being a mother coming back, is it going to distract her, is it going to motivate her more?” Evert said.“Or how being a mother emotionally will pull at her and will it take her away from tennis? There’s so many elements here that we don’t know about Serena and her comeback,” she said, adding: “I think the other players have gotten better and I think they’re not going to be as intimidated when Serena comes back.”Evert also dismissed concerns about the WTA Tour’s ‘Asian swing’, where top players have suffered a series of upsets as the season draws to a close — including at last week’s Wuhan Open, where only one seed reached the semi-finals.ADVERTISEMENT GlobalPort ‘lends’ Franz to Adamson Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games United States’ Serena Williams.  AP FILE PHOTONew mother Serena Williams will lack some of her trademark intimidation factor when she returns to tennis, US great Chris Evert told AFP, warning that the 23-time Grand Slam-winner may find her comeback tough.Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl in September, has said she’s planning to defend her title at the Australian Open in January –- just four-and-a-half months after becoming a mother.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “This has been an issue that’s been ongoing as long as tennis has existed, and that is the fact that it’s such a physical, mental and emotional sport that by the time you get around to the end of the year… it’s understandable that players are starting to feel the effects,” she said.“It has nothing to do with the Asian swing, you can find it in the men’s too,” Evert added. “The fact of the matter is, in the beginning of the year you’re rested and sharp and it’s a big year, with a lot of depth in the game and you’re getting a lot more tough matches than previous eras.“So you really have to manage your schedule so that when it comes around to the fall, you want to be feeling fit and sharp and not injured. But that’s about managing the whole year, it’s not just about the Asian circuit.” View commentslast_img read more

Crews continuing battle against Buckinghorse fire

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Wildfire Service crews are continuing the battle against a wildfire that erupted Monday near the Alaska Highway north of Buckinghorse River.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that firefighters are at the scene of the fire, which is located near Trutch Mountain. Reynolds said that an air tanker was used throughout the day Monday to drop water on the fire, which has grown to 6.5 hectares in size, but has not crossed the Alaska Highway. The highway remains open in both directions, with traffic control personnel directing motorists through the heavy smoke in the area.The BC Wildfire Service website does show another fire roughly one kilometre away on the other side of the highway, but Reynolds said that fire is unrelated to the fire near the road, and is being held as a spot fire. Both fires are suspected is having been sparked by lightning after several thunderstorms rolled across Northeast B.C. on Sunday evening.last_img read more