SGB Sports Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:53:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SGB Sports 32 32 City councilors are expected to officially appoint a new deputy mayor next week Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:24:12 +0000

City councilors were back in the chambers on Wednesday for the first general committee meeting of this session, setting the stage for what the next four years could look like.

On Wednesday, councilors approved by consent Mayor Alex Nuttall’s request to appoint Robert Thomson, a two-term councilor for Ward 5, as deputy mayor. Former councilor Barry Ward, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the October election, had previously held the post.

“My job was to come up with the person I thought was the best fit for the job, to find someone who was really good for me, who could really help me with some of my own blind spots, but also work on some problems while I’m away,” the mayor told CTV News ahead of the meeting. “I find Robert to be a stabilizing force; I find him to be someone who works very well with his board colleagues.”

Councilors were also briefed by city staff on the latest developments from the city’s Stormwater Climate Action Fund. An updated brochure for owners is expected next month, before final approval of a staff report early in the new year.

Preliminary appointments to various committees, such as the health unit and library boards, were also approved at Wednesday night’s meeting. However, Nuttall says these are likely to change in the coming weeks after a strategic planning session on Dec. 3, which will outline key priorities for the current term.

The new mayor says he wants to make sure councilors are assigned to committees that best align with their interests, background and council-wide goals.

“Once we get through this, we can very quickly make the permanent changes both to our committee structure as well as to the people on those committees to ensure that we are able to meet the demands of the priorities that are established by your Barrie City Council,” says Nuttall.

However, the new mayor says the job ahead of this council will not be easy, clarifying comments he made during his inaugural speech last week. He says the current economic climate and some decisions made by the previous board did not necessarily put this board on the path to success. “I think we have a deteriorating economy; we have very little reserve funds to work with,” Nuttall says. “When I looked at the per capita reserve funds set aside for the city of Barrie compared to others, we’re extremely low, and that’s going to have an effect on the city going forward, especially with the growth that we see coming here.”

When city council meets next Wednesday, final approval is expected for Thomson’s nomination for deputy mayor.

EU lawmakers set to name Russia a ‘state sponsor’ of terrorism – DW – 23/11/2022 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 04:01:14 +0000

European lawmakers seem ready to declare Russia a “state sponsor of terrorism”, in line with calls from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Russia is directing attacks against the civilian population and targeting civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, medical facilities and schools,” reads a document prepared by the European Parliament’s research service.

If passed as a resolution in a vote on Wednesday, the designation would be a largely symbolic condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and beyond. The US government has so far resisted the Russia label, citing potential unintended consequences under its legal system.

Soldiers watch as firefighters put out a fire in a building after a Russian mine exploded
The invasion terrorized Ukrainians, but does that make Russia a sponsor of terrorism?Image: Bulent Kilic/AFP

What does the “state sponsor” designation mean?

It depends on the jurisdiction. In the United States, there is a specific legal instrument listing states that have “repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism”. Currently, only Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria participate.

Inclusion means restrictions on foreign aid, a ban on defense exports to these governments, controls on exports of technology for potential military use, and financial restraints. Crucially, it also has implications for Russia’s sovereign immunity in US courts.

Canada also has a similar instrument condemning “states that support terrorism”.

On the other hand, the European Union currently has no centralized list of “state sponsors of terrorism” and no equivalent tool, as acknowledged in the European Parliament’s motion for a resolution published last week. Essentially, there would be no definitive legal consequences. The European Parliament has a limited weight in foreign policy, which remains under the control of the 27 Member States.

Has any country called Russia a “public sponsor”?

A number of US lawmakers have pushed the Biden administration for such a list, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. In a statement in September, Graham said lifting Russia’s immunity would allow “civil claims from the families of victims of its state-sponsored terrorism.”

But other US officials say the designation is not the best way to hold the Kremlin to account. Putting Russia on the list could undermine humanitarian initiatives, as well as the ability of the United States to help Kyiv at the negotiating table, President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said last month. . In the United States, the designation has implications for third countries that interact with listed states.

So far, the parliaments of several of Ukraine’s staunchest EU supporters – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland – have said they regard Russia under President Vladimir Putin as a sponsoring state. terrorism. These resolutions were not binding. The Kremlin has accused Latvian lawmakers of xenophobia. The lower house of the Czech Parliament also made such a statement.

The Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly last month called on its 46 member states to declare Russia, under its current government, a terrorist regime.

State Sponsors of Terrorism vs. Terrorist States

Under US law, countries designated as state sponsors are accused of supporting international terrorism. For example, the United States accuses Iran of supporting “proxies and partner groups in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, including Hezbollah and Hamas.”

Graham said Putin had “engaged in state-sponsored assassinations, the Russian-backed Wagner Group terrorizes the world, and the war crimes committed daily in Ukraine shock the conscience”.

There is no widely accepted definition of the term “terrorist state”, said Lisa Musiol, a European analyst with the non-governmental organization Crisis Group. It involves a country using violence against its own citizens or other states, but its use is highly political, she said.

When it comes to the European Parliament’s resolution on Russia, the labels seem to be used quite interchangeably, Musiol said. Neither really has legal consequences in the European Union, she added.

The motion for a resolution focuses largely on Ukraine, but also mentions the Wagner group. Last year, the EU imposed sanctions on the Russian-based private military entity, which is linked to activities in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and the Central African Republic.

If everything is symbolic, why bother?

Zelenskyy has called on allies, primarily the United States, to label Moscow a terrorist state or sponsor of terrorism since shortly after the full-scale invasion of Russia in February. But Musiol said it was not necessarily a top priority for Kyiv compared to other more concrete aid.

In an email, a spokesperson for the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), the right-wing parliamentary group that tabled the motion, said a vote in Parliament to label Russia’s actions as terrorism would send “a strong signal”. ECR lawmakers expect the resolution to pass on Wednesday, the spokesperson added. “The symbolic value of such a resolution cannot be understated,” the spokesperson said.

The motion for a resolution invites member states to consider adopting the label and also suggests putting in place a system that could pave the way for prosecution.

But Crisis Group analysts have also opposed using available US measures against Russia, sharing concerns with the Biden administration. In an article published in August, two analysts warned that the designation tends to cause more friction, for example in the case of Cuba, which was added in the last days of President Donald Trump’s presidency in 2021 “on the basis dubious links to terrorism.”

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Musiol said it made more sense for the European Union to focus on initiatives that have real consequences, such as new sanctions against Russia, arms deliveries, economic aid and military training for the Ukraine. Even as a symbolic gesture, offering the country candidate status for EU membership was far more meaningful, Musiol said.

Edited by: Andreas Illmer

Lithia Motors Hires Adam Chamberlain, Former President of Aston Martin Americas Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:23:11 +0000

Lithia Motors Inc. has hired Adam Chamberlain, a former executive of Aston Martin Americas and Mercedes-Benz USA, as regional president of operations for the growing auto retailer’s Eastern region.

Chamberlain’s arrival at Lithia comes just weeks after it was announced that he would be leaving as president of Aston Martin’s Americas region. Chamberlain had joined the British ultra-luxury brand in mid-November 2021.

Chamberlain was previously vice president of sales and product management at Mercedes-Benz USA. He was named a Automotive News Rising star in 2017.

Lithia said Tuesday that Chamberlain is responsible for overseeing its operational teams in its East region, as well as supporting network development.

“Adam has over 25 years in the automotive business and brings a deep understanding of domestic and international markets,” Lithia CEO Bryan DeBoer said in a statement. “Adam’s proactive and collaborative leadership, combined with a keen love for store operations, will fit perfectly alongside our Regional Presidents. His passion and understanding of our industry and the full lifecycle of customer vehicles will be a key driver for the global omnichannel growth of our organization and to achieve our 2025 plan.”

Chamberlain, based in Atlanta, will report to Lithia’s chief operating officer, Chris Holzshu, the company said.

Lithia, of Medford, Oregon, ranked #2 on Automotive News‘ most recent list of the Top 150 Dealer Groups, selling 260,738 new vehicles in 2021. But Lithia is on track to take the top spot long held by AutoNation Inc. In the first nine months of 2022, Lithia has a lead of 33,540 in new vehicle sales compared to AutoNation, although a small number of Lithia’s figures include sales in Canada.

All hell broke loose with Lane Kiffin at Auburn rumors Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:35:23 +0000

All hell broke loose with the speculation of Lane Kiffin at Auburn tonight,

It was built in the last couple of weeks and some ‘sources’ are reporting it’s a done deal.

Auburn fans are losing their minds on Twitter already celebrating the rental.

To everyone’s shock, Brandon Walker pours gas on the fire.

Not so fast.

My two cents on the rumours…

Nobody knows anything. At this time of year, it’s impossible to really know what’s going on in the coaching world with all the agent bluffing and posturing.

Literally no one had any idea of ​​Brian Kelly at LSU last year either for example.

I can’t blame Brandon for pushing the narrative. I would also push every edge to cause chaos on Egg Bowl week if I was a Mississippi State fan with how much Lane has owned Mike Leach and the great State of Mississippi for the past three years.

I may be naive, but I firmly believe that there is no Lane to Auburn deal or offer yet.

Obviously, I don’t expect Lane to stay at Oxford forever. It’s the price you have to pay if you want to rock n’ roll with the big boys of college football and succeed at Ole Miss.

Will Lane stay or go? Only time will tell but I haven’t conceded anything since Monday night. People are rushing WAY too soon.

It’s time to go get that golden egg for the 3rd year in a row!


Join Brandon Walker and I for Barstool Sportsbook Egg Bowl Thanksgiving Night. Last year Brandon lost his shit when I rang his cowbell.

Quiz! Can you name the composition of the Netherlands in the 2006 World Cup match against Portugal? Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:00:13 +0000

three minutes on the clock, 14 players to guess.

Don’t forget to tweet your scores @FourFourTwo (opens in a new tab) and share with your friends.