Supreme Court may decide Austin billboard battle
AUSTIN, Texas — A three-year legal battle involving Austin’s ban on digital advertising on commercial billboards appears to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an escalation by the city that could have rippling consequences throughout Texas and two other states.Austin is among roughly 90% of cities in Texas that prohibit digital billboards anywhere except for on the premises of the business being advertised. The prohibition is aimed at protecting the aesthetics of the city’s skyline and keeping motorists from being distracted by rotating advertisements for such things as whiskey brands and pe...
Uphill battle but Tehran aims to become bike-friendly
One sunny day, Tehran's mayor and foreign diplomats rode bicycles through the Iranian capital to promote cycling -- no mean feat in a city of steep roads, heavy traffic and toxic fumes.The metropolis of over eight million at the foot of the Alborz mountains is choked with vehicles running on subsidised fuel and has limited infrastructure for alternative modes of transport.But its mayor Pirouz Hanachi believes trying to make a dent in the city's traffic and pollution problem by promoting a bike-sharing initiative is worth the effort. Hanachi has tried to promote cycling by launching "Tuesdays w...
Country music veteran Hal Ketchum loses battle with dementia
The veteran singer/songwriter passed away on Monday night (23Nov20), according to Hal's widow Andrea."May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace," she writes on Facebook.Ketchum had a string of 1990s hits including Past the Point of Rescue, Sure Love, and Mama Knows the Highway.His wife revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in April, 2019, and would no longer be able to perform live."I know everyone is wondering why there are no future tour dates, and speculations as to the reason," she wrote on Facebook at the time. "Our family would like to share the c...
Math, science still an uphill battle for Tanzanian pupils
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Pass rate in the just-announced Standard Seven examination results has improved in Kiswahili, English Language and Social Sciences subjects by between 0.43 percent and 5.10 percent as compared to 2019.
UCF rally falls short during loss to No. 7 Cincinnati
ORLANDO, Fla. — It was a battle of immovable object versus unstoppable force in the Bounce House Saturday.Cincinnati’s vaunted defense against UCF’s explosive offense, a perfect match made for national television.For a while, the two college football heavyweights traded blows, but in the end, the Knights simply ran out of gas, falling 36-33 to the No. 7 Bearcats in front of a limited but spirited crowd.UCF (5-3, 4-3 AAC) couldn’t slow down Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, who found the end zone four times. Ridder finished with a season-high 338 passing yards, including seven plays of 20-...
Jeremih out of ICU as Covid-19 battle continues
The Don't Tell 'Em hitmaker is undergoing treatment for the coronavirus in Chicago, Illinois, with his agent previously telling Variety his run-in with the coronavirus is "rare for a young man his age without underlying conditions".Despite his condition previously being described as "bleak," his family told TMZ that "true healing" is set to begin now that the 33-year-old been moved out of the intensive care unit.Jeremih's family also shared their thanks for the outpouring of prayers he received, with stars including Chance the Rapper, Big Sean, 50 Cent and Wale publicly sending him well wishes...
Northwestern and Wisconsin will be a defensive showdown. For Pat Fitzgerald, this battle is par for the course: 'It's the Midwest way.'
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald’s gravely voice escalated as he talked about defense.The way a judge might discuss the constitution or an artist might describe Picasso, his delivery became filled with passion and adoration as he mentioned the side of the ball on which he once played.Fitzgerald nearly scoffed mentioning the flashy offense of today’s youngsters as he made a point about the importance of stone-cold knockout defense.“You look at grade school and high school football now. There’s a lot of seven-on-seven (teams), the guys who go play in those and get their spark rating up and get ...
Giuliani, pushing Trump's electoral legal battle, accuses Biden of crimes
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday continued to amplify President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was rigged.Giuliani, who’s spearheading the Trump campaign’s long-shot legal battle to overturn Joe Biden’s victory, spent a Thursday news conference pushing the unfounded claim that Democratic officials engaged in a nationwide “conspiracy” to steal the election from Trump.“This is real! It is not made up!” Giuliani shouted at reporters in the room. “There is nobody here that engages in fantasy. I have tried a hundred cases. I prosecuted some of the most dangerous...
New York Daily News
In the worst public health and economic crisis we have seen, the battle for 2022 is now beginning to heat up, and in an unsurprisingly ugly way.So it’s truly refreshing to find someone who’s not talking politics, and is presenting doable interventions for disaster mitigation in her corner of the world.This is the mayor of Alcala – a small town (population 38,883 as of the last census) over 39 kilometers north of Cagayan province’s capital Tuguegarao.Yes, Alcala is the town where those images of people desperately scrambling for relief packs were taken. They were wearing face masks, so you can ...
Kylie Minogue battled ‘insecurities’ about her vocal abilities
The hitmaker topped the charts worldwide with her 15th studio album Disco earlier this month (Nov20) but, speaking to Vogue magazine, she admits criticism from herself and others led to her doubting her vocal skills."I’ve had more than my fair share of criticism of my voice over the years," says the All The Lovers star. "And I’ve had the voices in my head knocking on my door, saying, 'You can’t sing. She can’t sing!'"A lot of it is to do with insecurity, so when naysayers are playing with your insecurities, that’s a difficult battle," continues Kylie. "I’ve had to really tell myself, 'Wait, ho...