ABINGDON, Va. – Just over one particular calendar year back, Abingdon Falcons baseball participant Cole Lambert just about observed his time as a prep athlete conclusion at Falcon Park.

The catcher was chasing a ball guiding home plate when he slid into a brick wall and fractured the femur in his left leg.

“The doctors explained to me there was no way I would be able to make it again for soccer season and that I would probably miss most of baseball time,” Lambert claimed.

Adhering to two surgeries and a great number of hrs of grueling rehab, Lambert added another chapter to his designed-for Disney inspirational story at Falcon Park.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior permitted just five hits and recorded 6 strikeouts over five innings as the Falcons acquired a 3-1 earn in excess of the Christiansburg Blue Demons in the Region 3D championship at Falcon Park.

Abingdon (23-2) will host Spotswood in the VHSL Class 3 quarterfinals Tuesday at 6, even though Christiansburg (22-3) will have to vacation to Liberty Christian Academy. LCA necessary just five innings Friday to defeat Spotswood 13- for the Location 3C title.

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Has Lambert blocked out his nightmarish damage, which unfolded in a Mountain 7 District tournament matchup from John Fight?

“No, I believe about that night time all the time and it’s undoubtedly enthusiasm,” Lambert mentioned. “I really don’t just take any possibility for granted.”

Freshman Jett Humphreys gave Lambert all the offense he would have to have in the very first inning with a two-run residence operate off a fastball.

Christiansburg, which gathered 8 hits, scored in the second inning and mounted numerous threats right before Lambert worked out of difficulty.

“We have been hoping to get 2-3 innings out of Cole,” AHS mentor Mark Francisco explained. “For Cole to throw like he did for five innings is just remarkable.”

Lambert was not even capable to run in the very first 50 percent of baseball time immediately after recovering from his next surgical procedure in January.

“We pitched Cole a large amount in our early game titles, but simply because his leg wasn’t 100% we have been putting stress on his arm,” Francisco explained. “When you think about how this child fought back again from his injuries and treatment, this is just one of the happiest and proudest times of my career.”

Humphreys was the other hero for AHS. Soon after including a run-scoring solitary in the fifth inning, Humphreys replaced Lambert on the mound in the sixth inning and did not enable a operate.

The Blue Demons rallied in the seventh with two line singles and experienced runners on 1st and third base with two outs. Dealing with the No. 5 batter in the Christiansburg lineup, Humphreys sealed the acquire with his third strikeout.

Most freshmen would be anxious in such a high stakes placing, but the effective 5-11 Humphreys is not the average freshman.

“No nerves,” Humphreys

Online publications in South Africa have seen tremendous growth over the last two years, and advertising budgets have subsequently moved from print to digital.

Magazines and newspapers were already experiencing a decline in readership and distribution before 2020, but the Covid-19 lockdown accelerated its decline.

The strict lockdown in March 2020 was a deadly blow to many print publications.

Associated Media Publishing, which published Cosmopolitan, House & Leisure, Good Housekeeping, and Women on Wheels, shut its doors on 1 May.

Shortly afterwards, Caxton announced it was withdrawing from magazine publishing and associated businesses in South Africa.

This decision, Caxton said, was needed because of the steady decline in advertising spend in the magazine media sector.

In June 2020, Media24 announced big changes to its magazine and newspaper operations, which resulted in significant job cuts.

As part of these changes, Media24 shut down numerous magazines and newspapers. These include prominent titles like Son op Sondag and Sunday Sun, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health.

The magazine and newspaper sections in retail outlets like Spar, Checkers, and Quick Shops have shrunk to a fraction of what they used to be.

Online news revolution

While print publications suffered during the lockdown, online publications experienced tremendous growth.

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns pushed South Africans to online news publications to keep updated with the latest developments.

The behaviour change — regularly checking online news sources — became permanent.

Online news publications in South Africa experienced record readership numbers in 2020, and these audiences are still there.

The growth in online news audiences resulted in companies spending a more significant percentage of their advertising budgets on online media.

The growth in revenue means online publications had more money to invest in their operations and journalism.

The result is that South Africans now enjoy the best online news offerings ever in South Africa and that these are set to continue to improve in years to come.

Online readership trends

South Africa’s top news and business publications – News24 and BusinessTech – illustrate online readership growth since the lockdown hit.

The charts below show the readership, in unique monthly browsers, of News24 and BusinessTech between January 2018 and May 2022.


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The travel industry “as we knew it is dead”

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Choose what we want, how we want it, when and at what price. This equation, simple in concept, but complex in materialization, has been the pillar of Con-X 22, an international conference organized by TravelgateX that has brought together in Mallorca – at the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art – more than 300 CEOs from 45 countries and major companies in the global tourism industry.

Adapt, Pivot, Grow has been the title of this new edition of Con-X, the first after the Covid-19 pandemic. These three concepts perfectly summarize the objective of the event: to identify the challenges that the travel industry must consider in the short and medium term to attract and retain customers from an experience point of view. And it is that tourism, as we knew it until now, has already disappeared.

“If we have learned anything in these two years of pandemic and uncertainty, it is that we must adapt to what the user really wants”, explained Pedro Camara – CEO of TravelgateX – and added: “the rules of the game have changed and now the user wants to customize their trips. Our mission, as well as the other companies´ in the sector, is to be able to offer what they are looking for and/or need”.

Customized trips and user experience

After a first introduction by the master of ceremonies of ConX-22, Bill O’Connor – founder of The Innovation Genome Project, from Silicon Valley-, the 300 attendees at the event were able to enjoy the presentation by Jonathan Bedford – Chief Sales Officer (CSO) of SiteMinder. During this exhibition, Bedford has stated that the transformation in the travel industry as a form of growth will be crucial. A transformation that, in the words of the expert, must commit to excellence in terms of supply and focus on the personalization of travel packages.

The way to understand the industry in a growing perspective also involves adapting to new digital formats and It is that that is what 72 percent of users who access a website do it from a mobile device (tablet or telephone). In the words of Jonathan Bedford. “We cannot lose sight of the importance of the technological tools that we have at our disposal, since they are used every day more.”

Technology and collaboration: the new ecosystem

Another of the concepts that the industry should discard from its glossary is the so called “competition between companies”. The bet is to create a new business ecosystem that, although it will be much more complex, will be much more competitive. The success of this concept will reside in the fact that large companies will not stand out over small ones, but all of them – based on the quality of their products and offers – will be able to be key in this new game.

This message was made clear in the speech by

NEW YORK (AP) — Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was freed Wednesday from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company.

His attorney, Ben Brafman, said Shkreli, 39, was released early from a prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. The move was confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“I am pleased to report that Martin Shkreli has been released from Allenwood prison and transferred to a BOP halfway house after completing all programs that allowed for his prison sentence to be shortened,” Brafman said.

Shkreli was moved to a halfway house overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ New York Residential Reentry Management Office, the bureau said in a statement.

The Bureau of Prisons said Shkreli’s projected release date from federal custody was Sept. 14.

Brafman said he has encouraged Shkreli to make no statements, and the lawyer planned no comments beyond confirming Wednesday’s moves.

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Shkreli was sentenced to the seven-year term after a 2017 conviction for lying to investors about the performance of two hedge funds he ran, skimming money for himself from those funds, and defrauding investors in a drug company, Retrophin, by hiding his ownership of some of its stock. He was also ordered to forfeit $7.3 million.

Shkreli was originally due to be released from prison in September 2023.

Dubbed “Pharma Bro,” Shkreli gained fame and notoriety after buying rights to Daraprim, a drug used to treat an infection that occurs in some AIDS, malaria and cancer patients and raising its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

Shkreli defended the decision as capitalism at work, saying insurance and other programs ensured that people who need Daraprim would ultimately get it.

During the campaign for the presidency in 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton called it price-gouging and future President Donald Trump, a Republican, called Shkreli “a spoiled brat.”

Shkreli resigned as chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals — later Vyera — in 2015, a day after he was arrested on securities fraud charges.

Earlier this year, he was ordered by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote to return $64.6 million in profits he and his former company gained by raising the price of the drug. She also barred him from the pharmaceutical industry for life.

He also once regularly attacked critics on social media and once offered a bounty to anyone who could give him one of Hillary Clinton’s hairs. He also was known for owning a rare, one-of-a-kind album by the Wu-Tang Clan which was sold to satisfy some of his court debts.

Associated Press writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A nearly $1 billion tentative settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit brought by families of victims and survivors of last June’s condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, an attorney said Wednesday.

Harley S. Tropin announced the $997 million settlement during a hearing before Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman. Still pending final approval, the settlement involves developers of an adjacent building, insurance companies and other defendants.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Hanzman said, reacting to the update from attorneys. “This is a recovery that is far in excess of what I had anticipated.”

Earlier this year, Hanzman had approved an $83 million settlement to compensate people who suffered economic losses such as condominium units and personal property. A key question from the beginning has been how to allocate money from the property’s sale, insurance proceeds and damages from lawsuits among wrongful death cases and property claims.

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The 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium partially collapsed in the early-morning hours of June 24, almost instantly destroying dozens of individual condo units and burying victims under tons of rubble. Rescuers spent weeks carefully digging through mountains of concrete, first to find survivors and later to recover the remains of those who died. Ten days after the initial collapse, demolition crews used explosives to bring down the remaining portion of the building to give searchers access to additional areas where survivors might have been located. A total of 98 people were killed.

The tragedy in the town of Surfside, just north of Miami Beach, triggered lawsuits from victims, families and condo owners, and prompted state and federal investigations. In October, a coalition of engineers and architects said the state of Florida should consider requiring high-rise buildings near the coast to undergo safety inspections every 20 years. And in December, a Florida grand jury issued a lengthy list of recommendations aimed at preventing another condominium collapse, including earlier and more frequent inspections and better waterproofing.

At the time of the collapse, Miami-Dade and Broward were the only two of the state’s 67 counties that had condominium recertification programs.

The main lawsuit, filed on behalf of Champlain Towers South victims and family members, contends that work on the adjacent Eighty Seven Park tower damaged and destabilized the Champlain Towers building, which was in need of major structural repair. Champlain Towers was in the midst of its 40-year structural review when it partially crumbled to the ground.

Video released by a team of federal investigators showed evidence of extensive corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in the building.

Seven months after the collapse, temporary structural supports were added to areas in the underground garage of Champlain Towers South’s sister tower, Champlain Towers North, in what the building’s condo board called “an abundance of caution.” The condo was built in 1981 and has a nearly identical design as the Champlain Towers South.

The little-known enclave of Surfside comprises a mix of older

Kate criticised over silence on Meghan

Kate Middleton has been criticised by Meghan Markle fans after she did not comment publicly on Meghan’s mental health claims in the Royal Family.

On Friday, Kate was unveiled as the royal patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. The Duchess said: “It is crucial, therefore, that all those who might be struggling are given the right support at the right time.”

But some royal fans criticised the Duchess of Cambridge for failing to publicly address comments made by Meghan about her pregnancy experience as she told Oprah Winfrey last year that she experienced suicidal thoughts before Archie was born in 2019.

The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah: “I went to the institution, and I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help, that I’ve never felt this way before, that I needed to go somewhere.

“And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.”

Responding to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Twitter announcement, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu wrote: “Agreed Duchess Kate so when Meghan Markle was suicidal/needed mental health support during her pregnancy why didn’t she receive ANY from Royal Family?”

Another person wrote: “Right. It’s alright unless it’s your family, in which case, protect the image at all costs.”

And a third replied to the announcement with a picture of Meghan while pregnant, with the comment: “Where was your support back then?”

The calendar has flipped to May, which brings conference tournament time for most area high school baseball and softball programs. Girls soccer is in the final two weeks with the conference championships coming into focus. Track and field athletes compete in their respective conference championship meets.

Also up this week, the first state titles of the spring will be won in boys tennis, while lacrosse playoffs begin and boys golf holds its regional rounds. Those events will have previews published throughout the coming week.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Tournament

Seeds: 1. Alexander Central; 2. South Caldwell; 3. Watauga; 4. Hibriten; 5. Freedom; 6. Ashe County.

Schedule: Monday: Ashe County at Watauga, 6:30 p.m.; Freedom at Hibriten, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday: Semifinals at South Caldwell — Ashe County or Watauga vs. South Caldwell, 4:30 p.m.; Hibriten or Freedom vs. Alexander Central, 7 p.m. Thursday: Championship at South Caldwell, 7 p.m.

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What matters: Hibriten (11-12 overall, 4-6 NWC) has clinched the 3A bid from the split conference. However, the Panthers need a strong tournament to help their state tournament seed. For a team from a split conference to be seeded as a “No. 1” seed form the league, it must finish in third place overall in the conference or have an overall record of .500 or better. Otherwise, the teams are seeded among the other second place and at-large teams by RPI rankings. The difference for Hibriten is a 10th seed or a 31st seed.

Meanwhile, Alexander Central (19-4, 8-2) and South Caldwell (14-7, 8-2) will have byes in the first round and appear headed for a showdown. However, Watauga could be the fly in the ointment, as the Pioneers split with South Caldwell this season and are 5-2 against the Spartans since 2019. Should the Cougars and South Caldwell make the tournament finals, it will break the tie for state tournament seedings, as the teams split their regular-season meetings.

The highest finisher of the two gets a huge advantage for state tournament placement, especially for the Spartans. With an RPI ranking of 24th, a tournament win would bump South Caldwell around a sixth or seventh seed. Likewise, the difference for Alexander Central would be approximately a fifth or 11th seed.

Freedom and Ashe County would have to win the conference tournament to make the state tournament.

Western Foothills Athletic 3A

Schedule: Wednesday: No. 4 at No. 1 seed, 7 p.m. No. 3 at No. 2 seed, 7 p.m.; Friday: Championship at highest remaining seed, 7 p.m.

What matters: Only the top four seeds will play in the tournament and those schools are set: North Lincoln (16-4 overall, 11-2 WFAC), Fred T. Foard (14-5, 10-3), East Lincoln (16-4, 10-3), St. Stephens (18-5, 9-4). However, some seeds are still to be determined.

The WFAC wraps up the regular season Monday with North Lincoln going to East Lincoln and St. Stephens hosting Foard. The easy part is this: North Lincoln will get the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

Border Patrol agents used Title 42 to transport migrants found near Sasabe back to the U.S.-Mexico border, in this photo from March 2020, the early days of the order. More than 1.8 million people have since been turned back under Title 42, which the Biden administration wants to end May 23. (Photo by Jerry Glaser/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

WASHINGTON – White House officials said Tuesday that a potential court order delaying the end of Title 42 would only worsen the border crisis that state officials claim they are trying to prevent by seeking the order.

The comments came one day after a federal judge agreed with three states, including Arizona, to temporarily stop the administration’s plan to lift the pandemic-era border policy on May 23. Title 42 has been used to turn away more than 1.8 million migrants since it was invoked in March 2020.

But senior Biden administration officials said Tuesday that if a federal district judge in Louisiana goes through with the temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place, it would hamper Department of Homeland Security efforts to prepare for increased immigration when the policy is ultimately lifted. A full hearing on the order is set for May 13.

“When the Title 42 order is lifted, we intend to significantly expand the use of expedited removal through our Title 8 authorities, and thereby impose long-term law enforcement consequences on those who seek to cross the border without a lawful basis to do so,” said one administration official in the background press briefing.

“It really makes no sense to us that the plaintiffs would demand that the court would order that DHS be stopped in its use of expedited removal, which again is going to prevent us from adequately preparing for the aggressive application of immigration law when the public health order expires,” the official said.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who led Louisiana and Missouri attorneys general in the lawsuit to keep Title 42, hailed the order from U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays.

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“We applaud the Court for approving our request for a Temporary Restraining Order to keep Title 42 in place,” Brnovich said in a statement Monday. “The Biden administration cannot continue in flagrant disregard for existing laws and required administrative procedures.”

The states filed their suit on April 3, shortly after the administration said it would end Title 42, and later asked for a restraining order on news reports that Customs and Border Protection had already stopped enforcing the policy.

The suit claims that the administration is woefully underprepared for what it calls “an imminent, man-made, self-inflicted calamity” and argues that Title 42 is the only policy keeping the immigration system and border from falling into “unmitigated chaos and catastrophe.”

Administration officials said during Tuesday’s briefing that DHS is working with other agencies on a “six pillar” plan to cope with an influx of migrants: surging resources, increasing CBP personnel, improving processing efficiency, administering consequences for unlawful

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The race to become champion National Hunt sire in Britain and Ireland this season is poised to be the closest in years, with Fame And Glory and Yeats having exchanged the number one and two spots several times in recent weeks.

Fame And Glory had taken a slender lead just before Cheltenham, which prompted me to write in this space that his supremacy might be only temporary as Yeats seemingly held a stronger hand of festival entries.

I was correct, but only by the skin of my teeth, as Fame And Glory’s results at the meeting were better than anticipated, thanks to the 50-1 and 18-1 winners Commander Of Fleet and The Nice Guy, while Yeats’ showing was a little more muted than expected, with the likes of Chantry House, Party Central and Mount Ida disappointing and Conflated hitting the deck.

Yeats’ festival was, however, saved by Flooring Porter’s repeat victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle, and he did indeed leapfrog Fame And Glory at the head of the sires’ table after four days of top-class competition at Prestbury Park.

The four-time Gold Cup hero maintained a narrow lead throughout the rest of March, but a spectacular run of results for Fame And Glory this weekend has seen the late multiple Group 1 winner return to the top.

Fame And Glory notched a notable double on the Scottish Grand National card at Ayr on Saturday, thanks to Do Your Job running out an impressive five-length winner of the Future Champion Novices’ Chase and Autumn Return scoring a determined head success in the bumper.

Do Your Job was, remarkably, the third big winner out of County Down breeder Caroline Berry’s late Epervier Bleu mare Full Of Birds in the space of three weeks, after Highland Charge won the Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle at Naas on the Sunday before Cheltenham and Hunters Yarn took a bumper in incredibly impressive fashion later on the same card. Both siblings are also by Fame And Glory.

Full Of Birds, a relation to Long Run who also produced the Listed-winning hurdler Down Ace and the useful pair Ballytober and Draytonian, pays tribute to the recently deceased bloodstock agent David Powell, who sourced the mare from France on behalf of Berry.

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The 94th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles today, presenting Oscars to the best films released between March 1 and December 31, 2021. The event saw several memorable moments including an incident in which Will Smith slapped the host Chris Rock on-stage after the latter made a joke about the illness of the former’s wife.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros Pictures’ monumental film “Dune” went on to bag the most awards in the 94th Academy Awards. Dune won six Oscars this time in the categories: Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Sound and Score. Dune: Part One, helmed by Denis Villeneuve, is considered one of the best visionary films of the century.

Dune is an epic science fiction fantasy film and the cinematic adaptation of a 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. The title is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. It narrates the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

The development of “Dune: Part Two” is underway as part one is an all-time high grosser across the globe. The first film, released in October 2021, stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem, among others.