Merton don heads Booker

first_imgA former drug and gambling addict has been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize by a committee chaired by Merton’s Professor of English, John Carey. DBC Pierre scooped arguably the most sought-after prize for English Literature with his first novel, Vernon God Little. The book, which describes a Texan high school massacre, was described by Carey as a “coruscating black comedy reflecting our alarm but also our fascination with America”. The judges voted four to one in favour of Pierre’s book. Carey insisted it was the quality of the novel rather than the author’s private life which captivated the judges. He commented, “The language is extremely vivid, most inventive, it’s extremely exciting and very funny”. DBC Pierre or ‘Dirty But Clean Peter’ is formerly known as Peter Finlay, but took on the pseudonym to hide his colourful past. He recently confessed to betraying his friends to fuel his drug and gambling addictions, running up huge debts in the process.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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2015 Hurricane Season Forecast as Below Normal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters are predicting the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but officials urged coastal residents to remain prepared for a storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday.There’s a 70-percent likelihood of between six and 11 named storms with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher, three to six of which could become hurricanes with at least 74 mph winds and two potentially growing into major hurricanes reaching wind speeds of more than 111 mph, NOAA officials said.“Now is the time to start planning before hurricane season starts,” Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator, told reporters during a news conference in New Orleans.Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and peaks between late August and early September. Sullivan warned that even if the seasonal outlook is below normal, the tropical cyclones that do form will be just as dangerous. The long-term forecast does not predict where exactly the storms may reach landfall.NOAA officials also used the announcement to reminded the public of how to prepare for a storm. Such tactics include stocking enough food and water to last at least 72 hours, discuss a backup plan and meeting places with family, keep important papers in a safe place, avoiding floodwaters and checking on the elderly as well of those with special needs.The biggest reminder is that it’s neither the winds nor rain, but the storm surge associated with hurricanes that can prove most destructive and deadly. Attesting to that was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, which still has areas recovering from Hurricane Katrina—the costliest in American history, with Sandy ranking second costliest.“We hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” he said.For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit Ready.Gov for information on preparing an emergency kit. Visit the humanesociety.org for details on how to prepare pets for emergencies, too.last_img read more

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Klopp seeks solutions for Liverpool defensive crisis

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Jurgen Klopp The Liverpool boss, who has no intention of seeking a solution from the transfer market, told liverpoolfc.com: “Now we need the time to recover obviously, because we had a few injuries.“Hopefully we can bring a few back. ‘Millie’ (Milner) will be out for sure, unfortunately, but we will see, as long as we have enough players we will find a solution.“These boys are real fighters,” added the German. “It’s a bunch of proper warriors — I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever.“It would have been a massive challenge if we had to play Wednesday and then Saturday. I have no idea how we would have done that, to be honest.“Now we have two days’ recovery for the boys with the most minutes then we start preparing them for the Leicester game, which is another tough task. It will not be a real break, we have to use it for training.”center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken his “warriors” to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp where he will search for a solution to his defensive dilemma.The Premier League leaders, four points ahead of Manchester City, are not in action this coming weekend because they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the last round.But James Milner’s sending-off in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace leaves Klopp with a headache at right-back for next week’s visit of Leicester.Joe Gomez, sidelined with a broken bone in his foot, will step up his recovery in Dubai and could have an outside chance of making the game but Trent Alexander-Arnold is still a couple of weeks away from fitness.Fabinho would have been an option in a position he has played for Brazil but he came off injured late on against Palace and even if fit he may be needed in midfield, with Georginio Wijnaldum out with a hamstring problem.Klopp gave 18-year-old Rafael Camacho his Premier League debut for the final few minutes at the weekend and he may be a one-off answer against Leicester.last_img read more

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Bryant Gumbel marks 15th year on ‘Real Sports’

first_imgThe monthly newsmagazine marks 15 years on the air this week, standing even more alone as a home for strong television journalism than it did in 1995. Gumbel, its host, suggests the deals that media companies make to televise sporting events—for example, CBS and ESPN for the Masters—keep competitors largely out of that business.A phrase he can’t stand is “broadcast partner.”“If you strike an agreement with somebody and you’re in bed with them for profit, you have every right to try and protect and promote that which brings you the most profit,” he said. “But to do that and try to continue to offer it under the guise of objective journalism is when you run aground.“Look, it’s the way of the world and with the price tag these things are now, it’s about the only way these things get done,” he said. “But that’s small comfort for the people who really want to hear the unvarnished truth and to see things with an objective eye. If you’ve got a major contract with the NBA or Major League Baseball, the NFL or whatever, you’re not going to jeopardize that contract.”He heard, for example, that NFL officials weren’t happy with “Real Sports” reporting on concussions and other health problems in football. Unlike the broadcast networks, HBO doesn’t have to worry about whether that will affect ratings or if the NFL will retaliate with a lousier slate of games the next season.To a certain extent, “Real Sports” is a misnomer.Its stories must have a connection to sports, but they often really aren’t about sports. Gumbel is proud of his Emmy Award-winning story on Marcus Dixon, a college-bound athlete jailed on an abuse charge when he had consensual sex with a young woman, which resulted in his release. A recent feature about a blind skier was less about skiing than about how he responded to an operation to restore some sight.Correspondent Bernard Goldberg reported on young boys being enslaved to be camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates.The show’s report on dog fighting in the wake of quarterback Michael Vick’s conviction illustrated not only the brutality of the practice but the reasons it was popular in some cultures, said A.J. Daulerio, editor-in-chief of the sports website Deadspin.“It’s probably the only thing we have in sports journalism right now that is the equivalent of ‘60 Minutes,’” Daulerio said.Last month, Gumbel reported on the lives of two transsexual sportswriters following the suicide of Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who had changed his name to Christine and began living as a woman. He had returned to calling himself Mike shortly before his death.Gumbel said it was the most emotionally involved he has ever gotten in a story. “I was very empathetic toward them,” he said. “I can think of no more difficult hand to be dealt with in life.”The longtime “Today” show host, who considers himself semiretired except for the monthly “Real Sports,” ends each show with a commentary. January’s closing words ripped Mark McGwire about his “phony non-apology” for using steroids.The show isn’t all serious. Gumbel saluted good people in sports in February. And the mix of moods each month resembles “60 Minutes.” There are profiles—one recent one on Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo—and humorous pieces such as Goldberg’s backstage look at the Westminster dog show.One place where Gumbel said he has seen the show’s influence is “60 Minutes” itself, which he noticed is featuring more sports stories. CBS producers have acknowledged doing more sports stories, but many are shown for the fall when the network uses them to hold onto large audiences from football games that lead into the newsmagazine.“We’ve tried to do things that are important and hope that people pay attention to,” Gumbel said, “and if they arrive late to the party, that’s fine, too.”“Real Sports” almost didn’t get the chance to reach its 15-year milestone. When Gumbel worked at NBC, its executives were fine with him moonlighting at HBO. But when he shifted to CBS, leaders wanted him to stop when his contract ended. Instead, Gumbel agreed to eliminate some perks in his contract in return for keeping the show alive.Gumbel, 61, has also suffered his own health scare. He had surgery last fall to remove a malignant tumor from his chest, along with part of his lung.“I’m OK,” he said. “I’m OK. Life continues to be a challenge, but I’m all right. I look forward to getting well.”He recently signed a new four-year contract with HBO, and said that might be it.“When it’s over, I think we’ll be in our 20th year and I’ll be 65,” he said. “That all kind of has a nice ring to it. On the other hand, I never say never.” REACHES MILESTONE—In this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo, Bryant Gumble arrives for the Whitney Gala at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City. by David BauderNEW YORK (AP)—Events such as the Masters golf tournament remind Bryant Gumbel why he does “Real Sports” on HBO.last_img read more

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Wig Warriors Comes to Red Bank

first_imgLawson doesn’t just address the obvious hair loss fromthe head. She can also help with remedies for thinning andloss of eyebrows and eyelashes, including eyeliners, browliners, powders and stencils, among other options. “It’s a tough road navigating through the side effects of chemotherapy,” she said, “but in the end the hair does grows back.” RED BANK – When Michele Lawson’s stepmother battled cancer she remembers the anxiety over the unknown effects her treatment would have on her body, both inside and out, including the potential loss of her hair. Wig Warriors was founded to help patients deal with the often traumatic, but sometimes overlooked side effects of cancer treatments. Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells and unfortunately also attack other rapidly growing cells in the body, including those in the hair roots. Physicians deal with the nausea and potential for infections arising from the treatment, but don’t offer much support for hair loss, a non life-threatening side effect. “We help women navigate through the cosmetic side effects they will endure while going through treatment,” Lawson said. Wig Warriors offers each patient a free wig plus free wig services during treatment, along with a consultation to set up a plan of action to help deal with the difficulties clients may face during their treatment. Wig Warriors, housed at Hair & Co. salon in Red Bank, provides wigs, hair coverings and beauty tips at no cost to women undergoing cancer treatment. Photo courtesy Wig Warriors In a private room in Lawson’s salon, stocked with donated wigs, scarfs, head wraps and head coverings, Lawson meets with women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. In this safe haven she discusses what they may experience, guides them through the stages of hair loss, and explains the options available to them, including pre-emptive hair cutting and shaving, as well as fitting, styling and caring for wigs. “When you look your best, you feel better,” says Lawson, who has volunteered with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer. “I started volunteering when our stepmom was suffering through her diagnosis in 2001 and I needed to help in some way and I started fitting and styling wigs for cancer patients.” By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez Now much of Lawson’s family is involved, includingher sons Luke, Kyle and Peter who sit on the foundation’sboard of directors. Now Lawson, a hair stylist and salon owner, has launched Wig Warriors: The Maureen S. Konopko Foundation in honor of her stepmother who sadly passed away from the disease. On Nov. 18 friends, supporters and the Red Bank community kicked off the nonprofit at her salon Hair & Co. on White Street. On any given day Lawson could be shaving a client’s head, discussing the best wig or head scarf options for another woman or coloring another client’s hair that hasstarted to grow back. “I helped one client transition into awig and start her hair loss journey from the difficult taskof shaving her head to discussing wig care and head wrapsand coverings,” Lawson said.last_img read more

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Will Offshore Wind Farms Come Near Bayshore Region?

first_img“Today we have taken another important step forward into our 100 percent clean energy future,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, NJBPU president. “With today’s award of 1,100 MW of offshore wind, a safer, healthier future for New Jersey is looking brighter and closer than ever.” The lease on a Raritan Bay site was signed in March 2017 by the Norwegian organization Equinor, which proposes a pizza-slice-shaped wind farm on 80,000 acres of federal waters. The tip of the slice is located 19.5 miles off the coast of Sandy Hook and 14 miles away from Jones Inlet on Long Island. Clean Ocean Action executive director Cindy Zipf said Murphy’s goal is one worth pursuing, but only if projects in coastal waters are done responsibly. Ørsted anticipates construction will begin in 2022 or 2023. The first power would be produced and circulated in 2024 in cooperation with PSEG Power. In a media release, the Murphy administration said the Ørsted project, titled Ocean Wind, is expected to power an estimated 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits, in addition to creating an estimated 15,000 jobs over the life of the project. Through a recent announcement, Atlantic Highlands environmental commission chair Jim Krauss said he believes it was six years in the making. “We spent a day at Monmouth University explaining to these federal officials where people were fishing, sailing, surfing, etc.,” Krauss said. “They were trying to determine where they could put this wind farm so it wouldn’t conflict with any of the ocean users.” In June the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy made a splash at the shore when the state board of public utilities approved a $1.6 billion wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Krauss said the officialshe spoke to were veryconcerned about projectsnegatively impacting thestate’s multibillion dollartourism and commercialfishing industries. Krauss said six years ago he and other environmental stewards, maritime professionals and recreational fishing leaders participated in a study led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. center_img Preceding this announcement was the May launch of the New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry, which allows companies, technical professionals and contractors to indicate their interest and offer their abilities to supply components and services for the offshore wind projects in New Jersey’s coastal waters and along the entire Eastern Seaboard. Murphy called the board of public utilities announcement “historic” and said it will “revolutionize the offshore wind industry in New Jersey and along the entire East Coast.” Local environmental officials say the rippling waves of that announcement could soon be felt in the Bayshore region, with two additional rounds of wind farm application approvals to come in the next three years and a site situated near Sandy Hook and New York already eyed for development. New Jersey Economic Development Agency CEO Tim Sullivan said the Ørsted project and the creation of the registry “represent a major milestone toward our goal of becoming the capital of the American wind industry.” If the proposal is adopted Equinor estimates construction will begin at some point between 2022 and 2023, with the first power available in 2024 or 2025. Estimates have the project powering 1 million New Jersey homes. “They basically told us, ‘we’re not here to tell you where we think they could be placed, we’re here to find out from you where they shouldn’t be.’ It was encouraging to hear because we’ve seen wind farms placed along fishing channels in Copenhagen and they can be a big annoyance,” Krauss added. The first project in Murphy’s three-part plan to generate 3.5 gigawatts of wind energy by 2030 was awarded to the United States branch of Ørsted, a Danish power company that proposed a 1.1 gigawatt project in Atlantic City waters. It is the largest offshore wind project ever awarded in the country. The next two projects call for even larger developments, soliciting 1.2 gigawatt constructions. “We want to work toward ensuring while we move ahead with this industrial but green energy use, that it’s done with respect and protection to our ocean. We need to make sure that during the process that marine life is not compromised and the implementation is as green as possible. Where exactly will they be built? How will they be moved? What exactly will the impact be? These are things we need to know,” Zipf said. last_img read more

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Bombers rolling along on High School Girl’s Basketball circuit

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers have been rolling along, thank you very much, on the Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s Basketball scene.The Bombers won a pair of tournaments in the East Kootenay, capturing bragging rights in Kimberley at the Selkirk Storm event and Creston, at Prince Charles. According to head coach Chris Dergousoff, “closest game was 15-point victory . . . many were much more.”The Bombers travel to Castlegar Friday to compete in the Rockers Invitational.The tournament is a precursor for the East/West Kootenay Championships set for February 21-22, also in Castlegar at Stanley Humphries.The Bombers are looking to get back to the provincials for the first time since 2010.last_img read more

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No. 24 Georgia Tech comes up short

first_imgJay Davis threw two long touchdown passes to Brian Clark, including an 80-yard go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and Garland Heath’s interception in the end zone with 26 seconds left protected the lead as North Carolina State outlasted No. 24 Georgia Tech 17-14 on Thursday night in Atlanta. Georgia Tech had a first-and-goal at the 2 with 33 seconds left. Reggie Ball fired a pass in the end zone that hit the hands of receiver Calvin Johnson, who was in the air as he was hit by Marcus Hudson. Heath grabbed the ball and got two feet down before going out the back of the end zone. Georgia Tech’s Travis Bell missed a 27-yard field goal attempt early in the game and then was wide right again from 24 yards in the fourth quarter – the two shortest misses of his career. Bell has missed five consecutive field goal attempts over three games after missing only two attempts as a freshman in 2004. One play after Bell’s second miss, Davis threw over the Tech defense to Clark, who outran the secondary for the 80-yard touchdown play and a 17-14 lead with 7:39 to play. Open season: Michigan State coach John L. Smith says he’s holding an open competition for the kicking job this week after junior John Goss botched field-goal attempts from 23 and 37 yards in a 34-31 overtime loss to Michigan. Asked if he’s worried about sending Goss into a mental tailspin, Smith didn’t exactly offer a therapeutic Oprah-like response. “Psychologically, I couldn’t care less,” he said. “You either toughen up and become a kicker and become more mentally tough or somebody else will kick. That’s the way I approach it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Johnson had 10 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wolfpack (2-2, 1-2) from snapping a six-game losing streak in Atlantic Coast Conference games and a four-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-2). The Wolfpack won in Atlanta for the first time since 1988. Clark, who had only three catches this season because of an ankle injury, had four receptions for 148 yards and the two touchdowns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 last_img read more

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Madison Bumgarner’s walk-off single lifts Giants to emotional win

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN FRANCISCO–Throughout the year, the Giants have celebrated their 60th anniversary in San Francisco by welcoming back legends and heroes from all of their memorable teams.The franchise honored World Series clubs, division title winners and record-setters like Barry Bonds with pregame ceremonies on the field. The Giants held the celebration for the 2014 championship team September 15, but for those who missed …last_img read more

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Eagles soar to 4th win

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena’s impressive form is simply the icing to what has been an inspiring start to the season for the Eagles, who have won all their games by double digit margins.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga liked the consistency from the Eagles after they responded with a show of force in the final period.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 more or less, even though we’ve had ups and downs in this game, we’re happy with the consistency,” said Arespacochaga.Much like their first three games, the Eagles established control early before taking the fight out of the Warriors with another blistering finish anchored by Ravena, whose athleticism and polished offensive arsenal has keyed the early-season surge. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight With Thirdy Ravena continuing his stellar play, Ateneo turned back University of the East, 83-65, on Sunday to stay unbeaten in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Sustaining his fiery form, Ravena poured 21 points, including 11 in the final period, as the Blue Eagles notched their fourth win in as many games to solidify their hold of top spot, a day after fierce rival La Salle suffered its first loss of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ATENEO 83—Ravena 21, Nieto Ma. 11, Black 10, Nieto Mi. 10, Tolentino 9, Asistio 8, Verano 4, Porter 3, Ikeh 2, Go 2, Mendoza 2, Tio 1, White 0, Mallillin 0, Mamuyac 0, Andrade 0.UE 65—Pasaol 22, Abanto 10, Maloles 9, Derige 6, Acuno 5, Bartolome 4, Olayon 4, Conner 3, Varilla 2, Manalang 0, Cullar 0, Armenion 0, Gagate 0.Quarters: 18-11, 32-23, 60-52, 83-65 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I need to stay more consistent than last season,” said Ravena, who spiked his scoring average to 18.7 points per game.“Last season, I’ll have a good game then the next game, polar opposite. I’m just mentally focused coming into the season.”The Warriors stayed in the thick of the fight after exploding for 29 points in the third period that allowed them to close in at 52-60.Later, Papi Sarr threw his weight around inside the paint, while Jerie Pingoy sparkled on both ends of the floor as Adamson rolled past National U, 83-76, to even its card at 2-2, tying FEU and NU for fourth spot.Matt Nieto, Aaron Black and Mike Nieto also dished out double-digit outputs, combining for 31 points for the Eagles, who face University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ph 5 cruises past Thais View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

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