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CEO spotlight: Happy Returns cofounder David Sobie answers retailers’ top 5 questions about exchanges & returns — Happy Return

Why? Because of the opportunity to aggregate items before shipment and reduce customer service contacts. In fact, many Happy Returns’ retail customers are re-instating fees for returns by mail, while making returns in person free, to incentivize shoppers to use the lower cost, more eco-friendly option.

To calculate your potential savings with such a solution, use this ROI Calculator.

Do you foresee more retail partnerships like Amazon/Kohl’s occurring?

Unlikely. Few online retailers have a large enough volume of returns to forge specific location partnerships and the software expertise to enable a great customer experience. One exception here is Rent the Runway, which has a large volume of returns because 100% of sales are rentals that require items to be returned.  

That said, Amazon has permanently raised shopper service-level expectations for exchanges and returns, and other retailers will need to respond. Retailers without store networks like Whole Foods, partnerships like Kohls, or extensive locker deployments will likely need to join existing third-party networks built to enable in-person drop-offs, aggregated shipping, and immediate refunds.  

More information about Happy Returns’ Return Bar Network can be found here.  

Where does Happy Returns eliminate many of the hassles with returns? What can other retailers learn from this?

For shoppers, we reduce the hassle and wait of returns by mail by empowering them to make label- and box-free returns in person for an immediate refund or exchange at time of drop off.  Shoppers no longer need to print labels, secure boxes, wrestle with packing tape, and wait for weeks, checking their credit card statements to confirm refunds.

For retailers, we lower the net return rate by offering a retailer-branded online return flow that proactively promotes exchanges. We lower costs and improve the shopper experience by giving shoppers the choice to exchange and return in person to a nationwide network of 700 locations in 143 metro areas. Accepting items in-person allows us to aggregate shipments, cutting shipping costs. Finally, we reduce the environmental impact of exchanges and returns by reducing shipments via aggregation. We also ship in reusable totes, a cardboard box- free alternative.

Yates returns to spotlight with pair of gold

By Meg Dickens
Staff Writer

Yates is back at it again. He first made headlines in April 2021 with his weightlifting prowess at the USA Weightlifting Master’s National Championship. He now returns to the spotlight with two more gold medals, this time from the Pan-American Masters Weightlifting Tournament in Orlando, Florida. The competition took
place from August 4 through August 8.

As most people familiar with specific sports know, participants are divided into classes based on participant age and weight. Yates fell within the 60 to 64 age group and 102-kilo weight class. He competed in Olympic Lifting, which breaks down into two types of lifts: the Snatch and Clean and the Jerk. He placed first in both, lifting 182 pounds (83 kilos) and 224 pounds (102 kilos), respectively. That equals a total of 407 pounds (185 kilos), defeating his closest competitor by 57 pounds (26 kilos).

Yates started weightlifting late in November of 2019 and trained under a national champion locally, Adam Williams. If his track record has anything to say about it, Yates seems to have natural talent in the field. The sport also seems to have had a positive impact on his life.

“It really changed my life,” Yates said about joining the sport. “I would highly recommend it to anyone regardless of age or ability.”

During a previous interview, Yates aspired to enter this contest. Other competitions he plans to enter are the 2022 USA Weightlifting Master’s National Championship on April 20 through April 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and an in-person world championship that December. This will be Yates’ third time competing in the former, taking home the silver on his first try in 2020 and three golds in the most recent iteration.  

About Yates
Allen Yates is best known for his real estate business, which he runs with the help of his son, Jackson. He has also made a name for himself as a musician, athlete, and business owner. Yates purchased a local car wash, now called Mountain City Suds, and has continued to upgrade the facility. 

EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy Droit et Politique de l’Immigration et de l’Asile de l’UE

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By Rebecca O’Donnell, Director of Child Circle asbl.

On January 14, 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a landmark judgment concerning the interpretation of the provisions of the EU Return Directive in cases involving unaccompanied children whose claim for international protection has been rejected (Case C-441/19 TQ v Staatssecretariis van Justitie en Veiligheid).

The interpretation of the relevant provisions of the Return Directive, in particular Articles 5 and 10, has been explored extensively in policy discussions since its adoption over 10 years ago.   The centrality of the principle of the best interests of the child has been increasingly emphasised in asylum and migration policy; however authorities still struggle with its operationalisation.  The Court’s ruling is valuable in its concrete demonstration of how EU law, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights, requires the principle to be applied in this context.

Much ink will likely be spilled on this judgement. Many policymakers and lawyers across the EU will be analysing carefully the findings of the Court in this sensitive and much contested area. From a timing perspective, the judgment is also significant.  The New Pact on Migration and Asylum, as well as discussions on international cooperation arising out of the Global Compact for Migration, means that the judgement may carry significant implications not only for the application of current law and practice in Europe, but potentially also for the future architecture of EU law and policy in this field and for cooperation with third countries on durable solutions for children.

1. THE ISSUES RAISED BY THE CASE

In June 2017, TQ, an unaccompanied minor, who was then 15 years and four months old, applied in  the Netherlands for a fixed-term residence on grounds of asylum. In his application, he stated that he was born in Guinea in 2002. Following the death of his aunt with whom he had lived from a young age in Sierra Leone, TQ came to Europe. In Amsterdam, he claims to have been the victim of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. In March 2019 the State Secretary for Justice and Security in the Netherlands decided ex officio that TQ was not eligible for a fixed term residence permit and, in accordance with Dutch law, this negative decision also constituted a return decision. In April 2018, TQ brought an appeal against that decision, claiming inter alia, that he does not know where his parents live, that he would not be able to recognise them upon his return, that he does not know any other family members, and does not even know whether he has any such family members.

In the case of TQ, the Dutch authorities followed their policy of automatically imposing a return decision following the rejection of an asylum claim in cases involving an unaccompanied child over fifteen, without examining whether there were adequate reception conditions for the child in the country of return.   Under Dutch law and policy, such an examination was necessary only in cases involving children under 15. Where adequate reception facilities were not available in the country of return, such children were granted a residence permit.  In cases involving children over 15, a decision to return was adopted without such an examination and the children then found themselves effectively in limbo.  Their status in the Netherlands was rendered irregular, became merely tolerated and the obligation to organize a departure in line with the return decision was effectively placed on their shoulders. The authorities had a practice of periodically enquiring into whether the child and their guardian had identified return arrangements.   Once the child turned 18, the Dutch authorities took the position that they could implement the return decision, without the need for adequate reception facilities to be in place.

The District Court of The Hague, sitting in ’s-Hertogenbosch, raised three key questions for interpretation to the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, addressing essentially the following issues: (1) whether under EU law a return decision could be taken without any investigation of whether adequate reception facilities exist and are available for the child in the country of origin; (2) whether making distinctions on the basis of age when granting lawful residence on a territory is compatible with EU law and (3) whether it was permitted under EU law to adopt a return decision, but not undertake any concrete actions to proceed with removal until the unaccompanied child reaches 18.  Under the third prong, the Court also asked whether there is an obligation to suspend the return decision and to grant lawful residence under Article 6(4) of the Directive when an unaccompanied minor does not comply with his obligation to return and the Member State does not and will not undertake any concrete actions to proceed with removal.

In particular as to the first question, the Dutch approach relied on a literal interpretation of Article 10(2) of the Return Directive, which states that, before removing an unaccompanied minor from the territory of a Member State, the authorities are to be satisfied that he or she will be returned to a family member, a nominated guardian or adequate reception facilities. The Dutch authorities argued that this means a return decision itself could be adopted, without such an examination having been undertaken.

The lawyer for TQ submitted inter alia that the Return Directive is to be applied in full compliance with the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, in particular Article 24, and having regard to key human rights instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Child Circle observations to the lawyer emphasised that the provisions of Article 10(2) of the Return Directive should not be read in isolation. Whereas the Return Directive primarily focuses on regulating the migration control procedures which apply in situations of persons who are irregularly staying, “its child specific provisions recognise that return of unaccompanied children can only occur in a manner which also takes account of the child protection responsibilities and procedures that are simultaneously involved”.

The Court’s judgment provided a clear and unequivocal recognition of Member States’ obligation to apply the best interests principle at all stages of the procedure and to all children, regardless of their age. In particular the Court found that, before taking any return decision, States should undertake a general and in-depth assessment of the situation of an unaccompanied child, taking due account of the best interests of the child.  This would include ensuring that adequate reception facilities are available in the State of return.  Failure to do so would mean that a child could be subject of a return decision, but they could not be removed, and the Court recognised that this situation would “be contrary to the requirement to protect the best interests of the child” given that children would be “placed in a situation of great uncertainty” as to their legal status and future.

The Court also held that older children cannot be discriminated against, simply on the basis of their age. It emphasized that “the criterion of age cannot be the only factor taken into account in order to ascertain whether there are adequate reception facilities”.

In responding to the third question, the Court essentially closed a possible loophole, under which a Member State might take a decision ostensibly based on the best interests of the child but rely on the child to voluntarily return, or refrain from implementing the return decision until the child is over 18.  The Court’s ruling effectively requires that a return decision should only be adopted if there is a real possibility of implementing the decision in a way that fulfils the best interests of the child.

2. SHAPING FUTURE PRACTICE, LAW AND TRANSNATIONAL COOPERATION

Need for best interests procedures
The Court did not address the question in relation to the suspension of a return decision under Article 6(4), perhaps due to its position that the return decision should not be adopted in the first place if adequate reception facilities are not in place. The Court’s reticence on this point may also be connected with the fact that there is a delicate interplay of EU and national law at this juncture, with national law typically providing rules on the grant of other humanitarian protection statuses. However, the emphasis in the judgment on the centrality of individual assessments prior to taking return decisions points firmly to the need for States to develop best interests procedures which should precede any decision on the future of the child.  This best interests procedure could lead to return as one possible outcome, but also to other outcomes, such as integration in the host country, should the individual circumstances and the best interests of the child so require.  This coincides with the Commission’s recommendations to focus on finding durables solution for all unaccompanied children.  In particular, the Commission Return Handbook (revised in September 2017) notes that: “Durable solutions are crucial to establish normality and stability for all minors in the long term. Return is one of the options to be examined when identifying a durable solution for unaccompanied minors and any Member State’s action must take into account as key consideration the best interests of the child. This point is also emphasised in the Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration. Guidance to respect children’s rights in return policies and practices (produced by UNICEF, IOM, Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Child Circle, ECRE, Save the Children and PICUM) provides practical recommendations on designing return procedures with this in mind.

The ruling by the Court on the need to carry out a general and in-depth assessment of the child’s situation before adopting a return decision also raises serious questions about the “streamlined” approach to migration and asylum proposed in the New Migration and Asylum Pact, which aims to integrate processes currently separate, namely asylum and return.  As noted in a recent report by Child Circle and KIND, “it will be important to ensure that this approach does not obscure the relevance of laws other than international protection, nor create any obstacles to the application of . . fundamental rights”.  These include claims inter alia under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

An in-depth assessment of the individual circumstances of the child in all cases is also vital to ensure that other EU law obligations in relation to their situation are fulfilled. In certain circumstances, these may include provisions concerning general assistance and support in the Anti-Trafficking Directive and in the Sexual Abuse Directive. An obligation to carry out best interests procedures is essential to improve national implementation of the Anti-Trafficking Directive at national level, in particular Article 16 which provides that “Member States shall take the necessary measures with a view to finding a durable solution based on an individual assessment of the best interests of the child”.  Indeed, TQ’s claims to have been trafficked and exploited would surely have benefited from a fuller assessment of his circumstances. The upcoming EU Anti-Trafficking Strategy provides an important opportunity to prioritise EU action which can support Member States in developing or strengthening best interests procedures, including access to quality legal assistance, and measures to find durable solutions or children who have be trafficked or are at risk of trafficking.

Strengthening guardianship and quality legal assistance
Significantly the Court also underlined, that before adopting a return decision the State “must necessarily hear the unaccompanied minor concerning the conditions under which he or she might be received in the State of return”. This finding underscores the importance of strengthening key procedural safeguards for unaccompanied children, namely independent guardianship and legal assistance, both of which are vital to hearing the child and more generally conducting a proper assessment of the child’s situation and examining their best interests. It is apparent from the case that, in the Netherlands, TQ benefitted from these critical safeguards but more broadly across Europe, there are serious gaps in unaccompanied children’s ability to access independent guardians and quality legal assistance, which it is urgent to remedy. The KIND Child Circle report on Advancing Protection for Unaccompanied Children underlines that “the EU has a vital and multifaceted role to play in ensuring free quality legal assistance as a central safeguard for unaccompanied children in migration across the EU” and sets out a range of recommendations in terms of law reform, policy development and practical measures of support.   Support for competent and independent guardians can be strengthened through the European Guardianship Network, supported by the EU, and the work of the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on guidance for guardianship systems, the latter having been initiated under the last EU Anti-Trafficking Strategy.

Transnational cooperation
The Court’s findings also point to the need to strengthen the means necessary to assess relevant circumstances and conditions in third countries, which can clearly be challenging. Tracing family and restoring family links can prove difficult and time-consuming, in particular if the child or family members do not, or are not in a position, to cooperate. Family tracing may not always be in the best interests of the child.  And where no family members are identified, it can then prove difficult to identify whether there are alternative appropriate reception conditions for the child.  In the past, Dutch policy has supported an approach of attempting to finance reception facilities in countries of origin including Afghanistan and Iraq, in cooperation with several other European countries in the EU-funded ERPUM project, which proved ultimately unsuccessful. The project came under sustained criticism from civil society organisations for a variety of reasons, including the fact that adequate reception could not simply be equated with the availability of a shelter alone, but rather required the existence of a child protection system to ensure the safety of the children and their reintegration, based on their individual needs and circumstances.

It is time now for the EU to help build proper transnational procedures with third countries around durable solutions. In its Focus Paper on returning unaccompanied children, the FRA underlined that: “The development of transnational case management mechanisms between EU Member States and third countries will be important to support the identification of durable solutions for children and the implementation of reintegration measures, with a particular focus on the cooperation between child rights and child protection actors, including their guardians and lawyers. As one element, the cooperation mechanism set up by the 1996 Hague Convention on Child Protection offers such an institutionalised channel of communication and cooperation with those third countries which are parties to it.

Other implications for proposals under the Pact
Other implications of the judgment for different proposals under the New Migration and Asylum Pact should be carefully considered.  Importantly, the Court’s injunction against a distinction made between children solely on the basis of age must surely prompt reconsideration of the legitimacy of the distinction proposed by the Commission in connection with the application of border measures to families with children aged over 12, as opposed to families with children aged under 12, with only the latter being exempt from the proposed accelerated procedures with reduced safeguards and potential detention. For further reflections on the proposed EU border procedures, see Child Circle and KIND’s Briefing Paper and key recommendations on this issue.

Conclusions

The Court’s ruling should fuel efforts to establish more effective ways to fulfil the dual responsibilities of States to manage migration and to protect a particularly vulnerable category of children. The obligation to assess properly the situation of unaccompanied children, rather than simply waiting for them to age out and to be removed then as irregular adults, will require better case management and coordination between actors, both in the host country and transnationally. Strengthening information and independent assistance to the child should help ensure their views are heard and that they are better engaged in understanding the options which are open to them or not. The involvement of child protection authorities alongside migration authorities may in fact allow durable solutions to be approached in a more rigorous, yet practical way, truly taking account the individual circumstances of the child while ensuring continuous and stable support to them.The Court’s judgment may add some much needed impetus, at a crucial time of reform, to this more constructive approach to protecting children, whilst managing migration.

Robinson Cano returns to the New York spotlight as an underrated player for 120 million reasons

Robinson Cano is headed back to New York in one of the biggest trades of this offseason. Elite-level closer Edwin Diaz is being completely overshadowed here and he greatly moves the needle for the Mets, but in judging from the reactions I’ve been seeing for weeks, Cano seems to have become underrated by the masses. 

Here are the main reasons: 

  1. Cano has spent the last five seasons mired in Seattle. The team has the longest playoff drought in baseball and virtually never gets any national spotlight. 
  2. Cano was suspended for 80 games last year for violating the Joint Drug Agreement.
  3. He has a huge contract. Far too many people get caught up in gigantic contracts and start droning on about how said player “isn’t worth that much.” We’ll even hear people say, “nobody is worth that much!” (Meanwhile, the owners keep lining their pockets).
  4. There’s a notion out there that he can’t play second base anymore and will soon need to be a DH.
  5. He’s 36 years old. 

In Cano’s first four seasons with the Mariners, he hit .295/.351/.472 (128 OPS+) with an average of 34 doubles, 24 homers and 90 RBI. He produced an average of 5.1 WAR per season — for reference, 5.0 is an All-Star level on that scale. In this era of Major League Baseball swimming in billions of dollars, this level of production from a second baseman isn’t worth $24 million per season … it’s worth more

Even looping in last season, Cano has been a bargain for the Mariners. It was only 80 games, but he hit .303/.374/.471 with a 3.2 WAR. 

I’m not sure I agree with the specific calculation, but in using their version of WAR along with how much money MLB teams are spending on player salary, Fangraphs calculates how much money a player was actually worth in a season. 

In Cano’s five years in Seattle, Fangraphs estimates he was worth $163.7 million. Again, he made $120 million, so by that estimation, he was worth $43.7 million in surplus value to the Mariners. 

Baseball is a team sport, more so than other sports like basketball. He can only bat once every nine times and field balls hit to his general area. Cano to this point was much better than his contract. Yes, he has been underpaid on his deal so far. 

He’s not slowing down just yet, either. After returning from his suspension, Cano hit .317/.363/.497 with 12 doubles, six homers and 27 RBI in 41 games. In his last 29 games, he slashed .351/.410/.568. 

As far as the defensive concerns, Cano posted a positive defensive WAR in each of the last three seasons. He had four defensive runs saved in 561 1/3 innings at second base last season. Nearly every defensive metric there is had Cano as an above-average defender at second base last season. He’s aged well to this point, so the notion that he has to be moved to first base or DH either immediately or within the next two years is folly. Come age 40, sure, but he’s got time to stick at second for a bit. 

Part of the reason for the public outcry about him being a first baseman or DH is the fault of the Mariners. They moved Dee Gordon to second base with Cano’s suspension and then shoehorned them both into the field upon Cano’s return. To the masses, this triggered the thought that Cano can’t handle second anymore, and it’s just not true. 

Cano isn’t without concerns moving forward, of course. There’s a reason the deal to the Mets was so complicated and needed Diaz attached. Cano is 36 and he certainly wouldn’t get five years and $120 million on the open market; not even close to that. Deals like Cano’s with Seattle come with a kind of unspoken agreement that the value comes in the first half — as the Mariners already got — with hopes for productive years six and seven while most know the last few years will be mostly dead money. 

The Mets are now in the position of trying to get years six and seven from that deal with great production. Here’s the thing, though: The Mariners are eating some of the money. If Cano has two great years, and that’s entirely possible, while the Mets make a playoff run, this deal will have been worth the Cano part. 

The Steamer projection system has Cano hitting . 283/.343/.460 with 23 homers and 87 RBI. I’ll take the over on every category if he’s healthy and avoids another suspension. I like the league switch and don’t underestimate his likely excitement about returning to the Big Apple spotlight. 

Robinson Cano is still a beast. Don’t get caught up in the five things I listed in the intro. Pay attention to the actual details. 

Osaka returns to spotlight on red carpet at The ESPYS – CBS17.com

by: BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

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FILE – In this May 2, 2021, file photo, Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Karolina Muchova, of the Czech Republic, at Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain. Osaka’s recent withdrawal from Grand Slam play for a mental health break was not the first such episode for a tennis player — and it likely will not be the last. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Naomi Osaka returned to the spotlight for the first time since withdrawing from the French Open in May and skipping Wimbledon, posing on the red carpet at The ESPYS on Saturday night.

The world’s highest-paid female athlete faced a slew of photographers in New York, with one being heard urging her, “Nice smile” as cameras clicked furiously. Osaka offered a faint closed-mouth smile in response.

Osaka won trophies as the best athlete in women’s sports and best women’s tennis player at the annual show honoring the year’s top athletes and sports moments. It was moved from Los Angeles to New York for an outdoor, socially distanced show this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Brady won best men’s athlete and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers were named best team. The quarterback, who turns 44 next month, won his seventh Super Bowl title this year in his first season with the Bucs.

Osaka, who has won four Grand Slam titles, pulled out of the French Open before the second round, saying she has “huge waves of anxiety” before speaking to the media and that she has “suffered long bouts of depression. ” She also sat out Wimbledon. She’ll return for the Tokyo Olympics, representing her native Japan.

She high-fived boyfriend-rapper Cordae from YBN Collective before taking the stage.

“I just really want to not say a long speech because I’m a bit nervous,” Osaka said. “This year has been a really, it hasn’t even finished, but it’s been really tough for a lot of us. For me, I just want to say I really love you guys.”

Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball won as best breakthrough athlete. The best game award was Gonzaga’s 93-90 win over UCLA in the semifinals of the men’s NCAA Tournament. DeVonta Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy at Alabama and now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, won as best men’s college athlete.

UConn freshman basketball sensation Paige Bueckers won as women’s college athlete. She urged greater media coverage for Black female athletes.

“They’ve given so much to this sport, the community, and society as a whole, and their value is undeniable,” she said. “I think we should also use this power together to also celebrate Black women. To all the incredible Black women in my life, on my teams, to Breonna Taylor and all the lives lost, and to those names who I have not yet learned but I hope to share, I stand behind you and I’ll continue to follow you and follow your lead and fight for you guys.”

Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation, won as best MLB player. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series victory was named best championship moment.

Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson attended the show in her first public appearance since testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic track trials and losing her spot on the team for Tokyo.

Actor Anthony Mackie hosted the show from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport. He singled out Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde during his monologue. The 14-year-old from Louisiana is a basketball prodigy.

“This kid can do anything,” Mackie said. “She can hit a stepback like Luka Doncic and then spell Luka Doncic right the first time.”

Former WNBA MVP Maya Moore received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her work on criminal justice reform. She was honored on the same day that the late tennis champion would have turned 78.

Moore stepped away from her playing career in 2019 to seek justice for Jonathan Irons, who was serving a 50-year prison sentence after being wrongly convicted of burglary and assault. Irons’ conviction was overturned last year and he was freed. The couple later married.

Chris Nikic was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Last year, he became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon. Nikic also won best male athlete with a disability.

“I don’t do excuses,” Nikic said. “I don’t quit.”

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford received the Pat Tillman Award for Service. The 23-year-old Brit helped raise millions of dollars for children in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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World Spotlight Returns Back to Mt. SAC at USATF Golden Games

(Walnut, CA) Hilmer Lodge Stadium, on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), shined brightly on national television (NBC) as the host of the 2021 USA Track & Field Golden Games at Mt. SAC.  The combination of the beautiful new state-of-the-art stadium, favorable weather conditions, fast track surface and incredible field of athletes, added another significant chapter in the storied history of the stadium.  The spectatorless competition (LA County CoVID-19 regulations) produced 15 stadium records, 4 world leading marks and numerous personal bests.  Along with these incredible statistics, the USATF Golden Games at Mt. SAC also produced top 5 world marks (2021) in 20 of the 24 events contested.  

Due to football superstar/wide receiver DK Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks entering the competition, the men’s 100 meters was one of the most anticipated events of the day.   Metcalf ran an impressive 10.37 seconds to finish 15th overall (two preliminary heats combined).  In a bit of Mt. SAC irony, Metcalf’s preliminary heat was won by former Mountie Cravon Gillespie at 10.11 (CLICK HERE to see NBC race video and interview).  Gillespie later ran 9.96 (w +1.9 m/s), in the final, to take the win over an impressive field that included former Mountie teammate Kyrie King, who took 5th at 10.04.  King ran a legal 9.97 (w +1.9 m/s) a month earlier, which places the two former Mounties in the #5 and #6 positions on the 2021 men’s 100 meters world marks list.

Former Mounties Anthony Applequist and Jordin Andradre also competed in the elite competition.  Applequist took 7th in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 53’05” (16.28, w 0.7 m/s) and Andrade took 9th in the men’s 400 hurdles with a seasons best time of 51.17.  Former Mountie and current Women’s Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Giovanni Lanaro was on hand to help direct the competition and also witness his stadium record finally eclipsed, after 14 years, by 3-time NCAA D1 Champion Chris Nilsen (USA).   Nilsen jumped 19’04″1/2, the number one mark in the world this year, to claim the stadium record from the 2-time Mexican Olympian and record holder.

Allyson Felix, the most decorated female track & field Olympian in history (six gold, three silver medals), nearly celebrated Mother’s Day with another Mt. SAC win in the women’s 200 meters.  Felix, whose career at Mt. SAC has spanned over 20 years, took second with a time of 22.26.  Her first Mt. SAC win came in 2002, running for L.A. Baptist, in the high school girls 200 meters.  Felix’s latest win at Mt. SAC, 19 years later, came at the Inspiration Games 150 meters, held in July of 2020.  

Through the years, Hilmer Lodge Stadium has hosted many of the greatest track & field athletes in the history.  The USATF Golden Games at Mt. SAC witnessed many incredible performances including 15 new stadium records.  Below is a list of stadium records broken and the names of the historic former record holders, nearly all of which are Olympians.

Event New Record Holder Mark   Former Record Holder Mark Year
W 100M Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) 10.74   Merlene Ottey (JAM)& 10.87 1987
W 800M Jemma Reekie (GBR) 1:58.27   Madeline Manning (USA)+& 1:58.75 1980
W 1,500M Elle Purrier (USA) 3:58.36   Brenda Martinez (USA) 4:04.86 2013
W 100M Hurdles Kendra Harrison (USA) 12.53   Anjanette Kirkland (USA) 12.63 2000
W 400M Hurdles Shamier Little (USA) 53. 65   Brenda Taylor (USA) 55.18 2004
W 3,000M Steeplechase Courtney Frerichs (USA) 9:27.70   Korene Hinds (JAM) 9:39.34 2007
W Triple Jump Kimberly Williams (JAM) 47’11″1/2   Suzette Lee (JAM)
Colleen Scott (JAM)
45’09″1/2

2000
2004

W Pole Vault Katerina Stefanidi (GRE)+ 15’08″3/4   Stacy Dragila (USA)+&
Shuying Gao (CHN)
Chelsea Johnson (USA)
14’11”

2002
2007
2009

M 200M Noah Lyles (USA) 19.90   Wallace Spearmon (USA) 19.97 2007
M 400M Michael Norman (USA) 44.41   Steve Lewis (USA)+& 44. 45 1992
M 800M Bryce Hoppel (USA) 1:44.94   Khadevis Robinson (USA) 1:44.98 2006
M 1,500M Ollie Hoare (AUS) 3:33.19   Russell Brown (USA) 3:35.70 2011
M 400M Hurdles Rai Benjamin (USA) 47.13   Edwin Moses (USA)+& 47.89 1979
M 3,000M Steeplechase Sean McGorty (USA) 8:20.77   Evan Jager (USA)& 8:26.14 2012
M Pole Vault Christopher Nilsen (USA) 19’04″1/2   Giovanni Lanaro (MEX) 19’01” 2007
+ denotes Olympic Gold Medalist         & denotes Olympic Medalist

   


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Osaka returns to spotlight on red carpet at The ESPYS

Naomi Osaka returned to the spotlight for the first time since withdrawing from the French Open in May and skipping Wimbledon, posing on the red carpet at The ESPYS on Saturday night.

The world’s highest-paid female athlete faced a slew of photographers in New York, with one being heard urging her, “Nice smile” as cameras clicked furiously. Osaka offered a faint closed-mouth smile in response.

Osaka won trophies as the best athlete in women’s sports and best women’s tennis player at the annual show honoring the year’s top athletes and sports moments. It was moved from Los Angeles to New York for an outdoor, socially distanced show this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Brady won best men’s athlete and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers were named best team. The quarterback, who turns 44 next month, won his seventh Super Bowl title this year in his first season with the Bucs.

Osaka, who has won four Grand Slam titles, pulled out of the French Open before the second round, saying she has “huge waves of anxiety” before speaking to the media and that she has “suffered long bouts of depression.” She also sat out Wimbledon. She’ll return for the Tokyo Olympics, representing her native Japan.

She high-fived boyfriend-rapper Cordae from YBN Collective before taking the stage.

“I just really want to not say a long speech because I’m a bit nervous,” Osaka said. “This year has been a really, it hasn’t even finished, but it’s been really tough for a lot of us. For me, I just want to say I really love you guys.”

Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball won as best breakthrough athlete. The best game award was Gonzaga’s 93-90 win over UCLA in the semifinals of the men’s NCAA Tournament. DeVonta Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy at Alabama and now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, won as best men’s college athlete.

UConn freshman basketball sensation Paige Bueckers won as women’s college athlete. She urged greater media coverage for Black female athletes.

“They’ve given so much to this sport, the community, and society as a whole, and their value is undeniable,” she said. “I think we should also use this power together to also celebrate Black women. To all the incredible Black women in my life, on my teams, to Breonna Taylor and all the lives lost, and to those names who I have not yet learned but I hope to share, I stand behind you and I’ll continue to follow you and follow your lead and fight for you guys.”

Shohei Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation, won as best MLB player. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ World Series victory was named best championship moment.

Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson attended the show in her first public appearance since testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic track trials and losing her spot on the team for Tokyo.

Actor Anthony Mackie hosted the show from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport. He singled out Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde during his monologue. The 14-year-old from Louisiana is a basketball prodigy.

“This kid can do anything,” Mackie said. “She can hit a stepback like Luka Doncic and then spell Luka Doncic right the first time.”

Former WNBA MVP Maya Moore received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her work on criminal justice reform. She was honored on the same day that the late tennis champion would have turned 78.

Moore stepped away from her playing career in 2019 to seek justice for Jonathan Irons, who was serving a 50-year prison sentence after being wrongly convicted of burglary and assault. Irons’ conviction was overturned last year and he was freed. The couple later married.

Chris Nikic was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. Last year, he became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon. Nikic also won best male athlete with a disability.

“I don’t do excuses,” Nikic said. “I don’t quit.”

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford received the Pat Tillman Award for Service. The 23-year-old Brit helped raise millions of dollars for children in England during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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90,000 ProjectorParisHilton returns to the air of the First. News. Channel One

After a long break, ProjectorParisHilton returns to the air. What is important, in the same composition.

Several hours before the air. Everyone’s on the nerves. What’s wrong with Alexander Tsekalo’s guitar? For whom does Garik Martirosyan play? And why is Sergei Svetlakov so calm in appearance? Yes, and where is Ivan Urgant? Is she really late for filming? No, I was not late.

“We are like a large Swedish family of four men.We parted for five years, now we are starting to get used to each other again. It’s all about adjustment. Fitters. That’s what we call ourselves, ”says Ivan Urgant.

Fresh press on the table. Topical topics – from the upcoming meeting of the presidents of Russia and the United States to the economic forum in Sochi. Among the news is one more – why was “Projector” off the air for so long.

“While I’m in euphoria. I am now giving you an interview without consciousness at all, – Garik Martirosyan admitted. – For TV viewers who, apparently, were waiting for Prozhektor to return to the air of Channel One.I think if he is as funny as he was, that will be enough. And if it is even more funny, it will be a gift for everyone. ”

It was a five year hiatus – TV contracts and commitments. But the show must go on. Together again on the air. As if they never parted!

“I personally have always believed. In fact, such gatherings, which were shown every weekend on TV, took place and are happening in our real life. The four of us gather as families, discuss the news and laugh, ”says Sergei Svetlakov.

Rearrangement in ProjectorParisHilton apartment. The table is still in the center. But there was also a fireplace and a sofa in the hallway. It is for guests. They are already waiting behind the scenes.

Who will be the first guest of the new SpotlightParisHilton? A famous actor waiting behind the scenes or the lady in red? Who is she? The intrigue is not revealed.

“We will try to make the guests special and relevant. The most important thing that will not change is that these four strange and different people continue to be friends, ”said Alexander Tsekalo.

For four years every week the audience forgot about rest and business, without stopping to watch the four witty presenters joke. Hugh Jackman danced at a party until he was stopped. Mickey Rourke wanted to drink vodka. And Til Schweiger guessed Russian stars.

What topics will the hosts discuss, what they think of Russian hackers, who will be given a bouquet of flowers by Sergei Svetlakov – all this today. Watch the ProjectorParisHilton program at 23:00 on Channel One!

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We are accustomed to living surrounded by light, but there are often times when you just need to take care of purchasing devices emitting it, including lanterns and searchlights.With their help, even in complete darkness, you can find your way or perform any other actions. The range of these products is very wide, therefore, depending on the situation, you can choose the most suitable option.

Hand torches or household spotlights are often used in everyday life. However, if you need more functionality, other models of these devices come to the rescue. Rechargeable flashlights are suitable for frequent use. For active pastime, spotlights for bicycles are suitable, and for hiking you can take LED flashlights worn on your head.If you need to illuminate a specific place, it is convenient to use the spotlights on the counter. If it is necessary to illuminate the road or remain visible, hand-held floodlights are also suitable.

You can also talk separately about why rechargeable floodlights are useful – this solution is suitable for longer hikes, as well as in cases where you need to be sure that the light will accompany for a sufficiently long period. In order for rechargeable floodlights to truly meet all your needs, you should consider how long this fixture has to run for on the spec sheet.In this case, you can be sure that you have made the right choice.

Are you interested in rechargeable LED flashlights, a powerful headlight, or perhaps you are looking for where the prices for handheld flashlights or headlights for hunting match the quality of these products? Check out the range of products we offer – rechargeable flashlights, spotlights are sold in the Pigu.lt e-shop on very attractive terms. Various promotions are often held here, during which pocket flashlights, flashlights for a bicycle, for work, LED-floodlights for fishing and other goods related to lighting are sold at a very low price.

Those looking to save time will also like the fact that flashlights and other types of flashlights can be purchased online with just a few clicks of a button. Decide what kind of floodlights (for fishing, work, tourism, fishing or other purposes) you need and we will make sure that they are delivered as soon as possible to the address indicated by you. Our range includes Mactronic flashlights, EMOS, Energizer, Tiross, Osram, Cree, Cat floodlights and devices offered by other manufacturers that will delight you with their quality and provide the necessary lighting at the most important moments.

TLP-X2500A Toshiba

Toshiba TLP-X2500A

– 2500 ANSI Lm; – 1024×768, – 600: 1

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Toshiba TLP-X2500A

Toshiba returns to LCD technology
New X-series offers superb image quality

Toshiba has introduced to the market a new family of LCD projectors – the X-series.All seven models in the new series are XGA resolution, designed for the corporate and educational sectors and are original design by Toshiba. Each of the new projectors uses the new NCE3 chip to provide the highest color and image quality. In addition to a wide range of traditional features, the new projectors have a number of completely unique innovations on the market, primarily related to security, such as a removable control panel, a panel lock with a password and a user logo.Ease of use was one of the main priorities in the development of the new family. This gives the X-series quick on / off functions and a wide range of connections, giving users maximum flexibility in their work.

In total, the X-series added seven models to the Toshiba lineup: x2000 / xc2000 / xd2000, x2500 / xc2500 and x3000 / xc3000. One of the main differences between the new models is the NCE3 (Natural Color Enhancer 3) color optimization chip, specially developed by Toshiba for use in LCD projectors.Among other things, this chip allows users to choose from a variety of picture modes, optimizing picture parameters, primarily color, in accordance with the conditions of use of the projector and get the perfect image in any situation.

All models of the new family have a wide range of functions. The Quick Power On and Quick Power Off function allows you to use the projector literally after pressing the “Start” button, as well as unplug it from the mains immediately after turning it off.A wide range of connectors, including RGB, S-Video, RCA and audio inputs, as well as RGB and audio outputs, provide users with a variety of options when connecting any equipment to the projector.

Safety was one of the key considerations in the development of the new family. Protection against unauthorized access is provided by the use of a removable projector control panel, in addition, there is a panel lock and password function.

Additional security is provided by the User Logo function.It consists in the fact that when the projector is turned on or when there is no signal, it is not the user’s logo that is displayed on the screen, but the logo that the user has entered into the projector, for example, his company logo. Thus, the projector is additionally identified and personalized, and, in addition, when using this projector at corporate events, the corporate image of the company is enhanced. In addition, the projector can be protected from unauthorized access with a 4-digit password.

In total, the X-series consists of seven models: x2000 and xd2000 (without removable control panel) with a brightness of 2000 ANSI lumens, x2500 and x3000 with a brightness of 2500 and 3000 ANSI lumens, respectively.In addition, the family includes three models with an integrated 3 megapixel document camera. These are the XC2000, XC2500 and XC3000 projectors. Their brightness is completely identical to that of the base models.

Technology 0.63 “LCD
Projection lens F = 1.6 – 1.89 / f = 18.6 – 22.3 mm, manual focus and zoom
Lamp TLP-LW11 180W
Lamp Life 2000 hours (3000 in Eco mode)
Brightness 2500 ANSI Lumens
Resolution 1024 x 768 XGA
Contrast 600: 1
Image Diagonal 0.84 – 7.62 m
Projection distance 1.15 – 8.8 m
Scan rate
Horizontal 16 – 106 kHz
Vertical 50 – 85 Hz
Input Terminals
Video 1 composite RCA
1 S-Video
RGB 1 (D-sub 15 pin), 1 (D-sub 15 pin) switches to output
Audio 1 stereo mini jack
Video / S-Video Audio (1 x RCA L / R)
PC interface 1 RS-232C (mini DIN 8 pin)
Output Terminals
RGB 1 (D-sub 15 pin) (switchable to input)
Audio 1 stereo mini jack
Input Signals
Video NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV & DTVi, 720p, 1080i, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i, DVD
RGB VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA (compression), UXGA (compression)
Built-in column 1W mono
Dimensions 288 x 92 x 247 mm
Weight 2.8 kg
Power Supply 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption
Additional Features security features (user logo, password, panel lock, detachable control panel, quick on / off, chalkboard function, switchable RGB input / output
Digital Auto Keystone automatic vertical (+/- 30 °)
Accessories
remote control with batteries, instruction manual, RGB cable, power cable, bag

90,000 Football returns to Dynamo.Video of the Week

On October 22, at the VTB Arena, which is still under construction, the 88th anniversary of the great Dynamo goalkeeper and the USSR national team Lev Yashin was celebrated

It was originally planned to complete the reconstruction of the Dynamo stadium by this day. Then they talked about a test match in an arena that was not completely finished. As a result, by the holiday date it was only possible to install the chairs, lay the lawn and announce the “completion of the main construction work.”

Dynamo: reboot
The legendary stadium will celebrate its 90th anniversary equipped with the latest technology

“Not everyone was in time, but the field, one might say, is ready for games.And on the day of the 95th anniversary of “Dynamo” (April 18, 2018. – Approx. SBK ) we will officially open the stadium “,” promised the chairman of the supervisory board of the society “Dynamo” Sergey Stepashin . In the meantime, veterans and partners of the club, as well as journalists, were offered an excursion around the VTB Arena Park complex and the opportunity to try out the new lawn.

Sports center of the region – “VTB Arena – Central stadium” Dynamo “named after Lev Yashin.Preserving the historical facade, the developer placed two grounds under one roof at once – a large football arena for 26 thousand spectators and a small universal one with transformable stands that can accommodate up to 14 thousand people.

The football stadium bowl looks almost finished due to the laid field and installed chairs, but the small arena is still far from being completed and is used as a parking lot. But the main construction work was done here as well. And you can appreciate how easy it is to go from the side stand of the football field to the central stand of the covered area.

The foyer of the arena looks about the same as the small arena – the decoration has not yet begun here. But you can really play on the field. This was tested by three generations of Dynamo – veterans, acting players and students of the football school. The honor to strike the first blow fell to the two-time USSR champion with Dynamo Valery Urin . The idea of ​​celebrating the birthday of the great goalkeeper with a penalty kick in an empty net looked strange, and so did the execution.Urin had to go to the ball three times – at first the presenter did not like that the veteran shot without a whistle, and then the famous striker, having changed his leg, missed the target.

After that, the best forward of the current Dynamo, Kirill Panchenko, scored his goal (although the presenter suggested that goalkeeper Anton Shunin do it), young footballers hammered into the net 11 balls, our editor-in-chief delivered an effective blow … And the only one who did not hit an empty net, it was Sergei Stepashin.The role of the goalkeeper was performed by the head of the VTB Arena Park project, VTB Senior Vice President Andrey Peregudov.

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