NCAA cant keep tournament games away from legal gambling

WASHINGTON — The NCAA is still opposed to gambling on its events even as sports betting spreads ahead of March Madness. But the governing body for college sports isn’t denying reality, either.The NCAA Tournament starting this week is the first since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand last year. That decision prompted the NCAA to suspend a longtime ban on bringing championships to places where sports wagers are legal.Three games in the women’s NCAA Tournament will be played this weekend in Mississippi, where people have been betting on college sports since last summer. Capital One Arena in Washington will host Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games on the men’s side next week and could have a full-service onsite sportsbook by this time next year.The NCAA is considering new rules but officials say they’re acknowledging they can’t avoid states with legal betting on sports.___Follow Ben Nuckols at AP college basketball: and Nuckols, The Associated Press read more

Business Highlights

___Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhonesSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple revealed upcoming changes to its phone and computer software Monday, some intended to support new digital services intended to offset eroding sales of the iPhone. Apple emphasized privacy protections in its presentation, much like Google and Facebook have done recently. Many of the updates offered incremental changes, such as Apple’s plan to break up its iTunes software for computers in favour of separate apps for music, video and podcasts.___China data suggests trade war hit; tech group reverses standBEIJING (AP) — A new report on Chinese manufacturing suggests Beijing’s trade war with the Trump administration is causing economic damage domestically. And the world’s largest body of technology professionals, IEEE, said it was lifting a restriction on research co-operation it had imposed on employees of Chinese tech giant Huawei.___Trump, in tussle with CNN, suggests boycott of parent AT&TNEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to reiterate his complaints about CNN. He’s suggesting a boycott of its parent company, AT&T, to force “big changes” at CNN. Trump tweeted soon after his arrival in London for a pomp-filled state visit to Britain. Trump has long criticized CNN over its coverage of him and his administration.___US aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugsCHICAGO (AP) — U.S. drug regulators are launching a project aimed at giving more cancer patients a chance to try treatments that are not yet on the market but that have shown some promise in early testing. The goal is to increase what’s called “compassionate use” access to experimental medicines. Under the plan announced Monday, the Food and Drug Administration will become the first step in the process and will help doctors with paperwork to make the patient’s case to drug companies.___French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller sued for discriminationSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former employee of famed chef Thomas Keller is suing him and his three-star Michelin restaurants for pregnancy discrimination. Keller was in court Monday as the trial opened in California’s Napa Valley. Vanessa Scott-Allen is suing Keller, Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California. Scott-Allen was a head server at Per Se and alleges she was denied a transfer to the French Laundry and ultimately let go because after telling her bosses she was pregnant.___California sues opioid maker Purdue PharmaSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the latest state to sue the pharmaceutical company behind the painkiller OxyContin. The lawsuit filed Monday accuses Purdue Pharma of falsely promoting the drug as not addictive even as it emerged as among the most widely abused in the United States. The company denied the allegations and said it will defend against the “misleading attacks.”___Lawsuit claims oil boom imperils national park in New MexicoALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are accusing U.S. land managers of violating federal environmental laws and their own regulations when issuing dozens of leases to drill in one of the nation’s busiest oilfields. WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court, claiming the oil boom in southeastern New Mexico is a threat to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the surrounding area’s cave systems and desert slopes.___Market for small businesses appears waning, survey saysNEW YORK (AP) — The boom market in small businesses appears to have peaked and is now waning. That’s the finding of a survey of brokers and advisers who help owners and buyers complete sales of small and mid-size businesses. The survey was conducted by researchers at Pepperdine University and two industry groups. It found that owners are less optimistic about selling than they were a year ago. The drop in optimism was particularly notable among owners of businesses valued in the $1 million to $2 million range.___Poland Spring to use 100% recycled plastic for bottlesPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Poland Spring has announced a plan to use 100% recycled plastic for all its noncarbonated water containers. The Maine-based company said Monday that the effort kicks off this month with 1-litre bottles. The company plans to use 100% recycled plastic for bottles in all of its still water line by 2022. The migration comes as the bottled water industry faces continued criticism over its use of plastic.___US stock indexes end mixed; Nasdaq slumps on big tech slideNEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower Monday amid signs that the Trump administration is laying the groundwork to ratchet up scrutiny on some of the market’s biggest names: Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. That led to losses in communications, technology and consumer discretionary sector stocks, which outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. The selling knocked the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite into a correction, what Wall Street calls a drop of 10% or more from a recent peak.___The S&P 500 index fell 7.61 points, or 0.3%, to 2,744.45. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 4.74 points, or less than 0.1%, to 24,819.78. The Nasdaq composite lost 120.13 points, or 1.6%, to 7,333.02. The Russell 2000 index of small companies rose 4.50 points, or 0.3%, to 1,469.98.The Associated Press read more

UNICEF official draws attention to plight of children in northern Yemen

Children in northern Yemen have little to celebrate on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha, a senior official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated, drawing attention to the plight of the youngest victims of the ongoing conflict between Government forces and rebels. “They are living in difficult conditions, away from their homes and schools despite significant humanitarian relief efforts,” said Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.“We continue to urge all parties to respect their obligations under humanitarian law and make protection of children a priority,” she added.Ms. Kaag just wrapped up a three-day mission to Yemen, where an estimated 175,000 people have been affected by conflict since 2004, including those displaced by the latest surge in fighting between the Government and Al Houthi rebels.According to UNICEF, the current crisis only worsens an already difficult situation for children and women in Yemen, where mortality among children under five is high at 69 per 1,000 live births. In addition, some 46 per cent of under-five children are underweight and 58 per cent suffer from stunting. Also, one in every 39 women runs the risk of dying during pregnancy or child birth.During her mission, she visited the Al Mazrak camp, which currently houses around 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), and met with mothers and children who have had to flee their homes and saw first-hand how the fighting has impacted their lives. Ms. Kaag also visited Hajjah governorate, where some 40,000 IDPs have settled, to take assess the humanitarian response, and also participated in the opening of a second camp in the area to host mainly evacuees from Saada governorate.In addition, she met with senior Yemeni officials to discuss ways to boost humanitarian assitance to those in need. In those meetings, she reiterated the call of UN agencies for immediate and unhindered access to the populations affected by the fighting, and for the creation of humanitarian corridors to provide urgent aid. 26 November 2009Children in northern Yemen have little to celebrate on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha, a senior official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated, drawing attention to the plight of the youngest victims of the ongoing conflict between Government forces and rebels. read more

Human rights in Côte dIvoire deteriorating warns top UN official

10 March 2011A top United Nations official warned today that human rights violations, including rapes, abductions and killings, are escalating amid the ongoing post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, with at least 27 people killed in just the past week.  According to investigations conducted by UN human rights officers in the country, at least 392 people have been killed in Côte d’Ivoire since mid-December amid the unrest resulting from Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office after his UN-certified defeat by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara in last November’s presidential election. “Overall, the situation appears to be deteriorating alarmingly, with a sharp increase in inter-communal and inter-ethnic confrontations,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.“Human rights abuses, including rapes, abductions and killings, are being committed by people supporting both sides,” she added. In addition, families of high-profile individuals known to be politically active have been targeted, media groups seen as pro-Ouattara have been threatened, and the residences of members appointed to the Ouattara Government have been the targets of looting and ransacking. Ms. Pillay cited the killing last week of seven women by security forces supporting Mr. Gbagbo at a peaceful demonstration in Abobo in support of Mr. Ouattara, saying video footage of the slayings was shocking and could be used to prosecute the individuals responsible. Another four people were killed in clashes yesterday between the Forces de Défense et de Sécurité (FDS), loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, and the “Invisible Commando,” a previously unknown group which appears to be opposing pro-Gbagbo forces, after a peaceful demonstration to mourn and pay tribute to the seven women killed last week. The High Commissioner condemned the reported use of civilians as human shields by the Invisible Commando, which is said to be actively preventing civilians from leaving Abobo and other tense areas of the commercial capital, Abidjan. “I strongly urge all sides to respect the rights of civilians,” said Ms. Pillay. “Particularly worrying is the constant incitement to violence by influential leaders, most notably Blé Goude, who appear to be deliberately stimulating attacks against political opponents, other ethnic groups, nationals from other West African countries, as well as against the UN staff and operations working in Côte d’Ivoire.” Warning of a risk of a resurgence of the civil war that in 2002 split the country into a Government-held south and a rebel-controlled north, she urged all parties to show utmost restraint to prevent it, and to resolve their differences peacefully.Also today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed that the UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) will maintain its flight operations and take “all necessary measures” to protect its assets and fulfil its mandate, particularly with regards to protecting civilians.This came after the Ouattara Government issued a statement invalidating a declaration by the authorities supporting Mr. Gbagbo that banned UN and French peacekeeping aircraft from flying over or landing in Côte d’Ivoire.Mr. Ban deplored this latest attempt to disrupt UNOCI’s operations and warned all parties that any attempt to disrupt flights conducted by the impartial forces is “unacceptable,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The 9,000-strong UNOCI has been supporting the stabilization and reunification efforts in the country over the past seven years. The Security Council has rejected Mr. Gbagbo’s demands for a withdrawal of the mission, instead extending its mandate and authorizing the deployment of an additional 2,000 troops and three armed helicopters.The Secretary-General notes with satisfaction the statement issued by the Government of President Ouattara regarding as invalid a declaration by the authorities supporting Mr. Gbagbo, banning United Nations and Licorne flights inside Côte d’Ivoire. He deplores this latest attempt to disrupt the operations of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and warns all parties that any attempt to disrupt flights conducted by the impartial forces is unacceptable. The Secretary-General confirms that UNOCI will maintain its flight operations and take all necessary measures, as directed by unanimous Security Council resolutions, to protect its assets and fulfil its mandate, particularly with regards to protection of civilians.Cote read more

FSP leader Kumar Gunaratnam granted Sri Lankan citizenship

Gunaratnam, an Australian citizen, was last year sentenced to one year in jail for violating local immigration laws.He was later freed and he sought Sri Lankan citizenship. (Colombo Gazette) Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) leader Kumar Gunaratnam has been granted Sri Lankan citizenship.

Government touts falling executive compensation in Crown sector

Compensation for top managers at Saskatchewan’s Crown corporations fell by about $4.4 million over the past fiscal year, but a sizeable chunk of the drop came from the demise of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC).Saskatchewan’s Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) published its payee disclosure report on Thursday. The government sent out a press release touting a nearly 18-per-cent drop in compensation for executives and senior managers compared to 2017-18.Joe Hargrave, minister responsible for CIC, said it shows Crown corporations are working hard to get best value for taxpayers.“I’m very proud…” he said. “Our executives worked hard to come up with that. It’s not something that’s been forced on them.”Overall compensation for top officials was down by significant margins at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and Saskatchewan Government Insurance. Much of the difference came from 11 fewer positions among executives and senior managers, including four at SaskPower and two at SaskTel.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Hargrave said some of those positions became redundant.“We just think we can spread some of that workload out across the executives that are already there in an effort to try to reduce overall compensation at the executive level,” he explained.Chris Macdonald, assistant to the national president of Unifor, was skeptical about the government’s celebratory framing of the report. Unifor is currently threatening strike action due to an impasse with SaskTel and its subsidiaries, and is also negotiating at several other bargaining tables in the Crown sector. Macdonald suspects the only way to get an 18 per cent reduction is through “spin.”“I’ve reviewed some of the top executives and I still see a significant increase in whatever their total compensation is,” he said.Some CEOs did see their compensation tick up relative to 2017-18. SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh earned $565,291 in 2018-19, up from $561,035 the year before. Compensation for SaskEnergy CEO Ken From was up from $339,999 to $441,364.Current SaskTel CEO Doug Burnett is also earning more, though he first took on the top role in an acting capacity in July 2017. He earned $538,307 in 2018-19, second only to Marsh.Compensation fell slightly for CEOs at CIC, SGI, Saskatchewan Water Corporation and Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.Falling compensation at existing Crowns made up just over $3 million of the reductions for executives and senior managers. The rest — about $1.3 million — came from the end of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company.The company began winding down its operation after it was axed in the 2017-18 budget. It ceased to exist this year, so there was little in the way of executive earnings.Hargrave took union skepticism in stride. He said the Crown sector is going to stay the course on keeping executive compensation costs down, though there isn’t any specific target for the coming year.“There’s always going to be some criticism of some fashion from somebody. But generally, I think overall 18 per cent decline is good,” Hargrave said, adding that compensation has dropped 10 per cent since 2014.“We’re going to continue to monitor it, watch it, see what we can do to maintain it at a level like that.”Total compensation across the Crowns overseen by CIC was about $1 billion in 2018-19, led by SaskPower at $383 million, SaskTel at $301 million and SGI at $148 million.Released annually and published to the CIC website, the payee disclosure report lists compensation to every employee earning $50,000 or more. Compensation includes salaries, wages, salary holdbacks, severance, vacation payouts and other taxable benefits. Travel expenses are accounted for separately.The report also details board expenses, ministerial expenses, grants, contributions and sponsorships.It includes information on payments to suppliers over $50,000, though some are excluded due to concerns over competitiveness or under legal read more

Police investigating Suzy Lamplugh mystery dig up field in Worcestershire

Despite being jailed for life in 1988 for the murder of one woman, the rape of another and the attempted kidnap of a third and told he would be unlikely ever to be released, Cannan has always maintained his innocence in connection with Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance. In her office diary she recorded details of a lunchtime appointment with a ‘Mr Kipper’, at a property in Shorrolds Road.The police investigation centred on identifying this mystery man and in 2002 Scotland Yard named convicted rapist and killer Cannan as the key suspect.In 1990 Cannan’s ex-girlfriend told police he claimed Miss Lamplugh’s body was buried at Norton Barracks, in Worcestershire.In December 1999, after a letter was sent to Miss Lamplugh’s mother Diane making the same claim, police carried out a five day dig at the site, but found no sign of her remains. Last month the Telegraph revealed that a former detective had contacted Scotland Yard with new evidence that suggested Miss Lamplugh had never actually arranged to meet the mysterious Mr Kipper and had in fact been abducted when she went off to run a personal errand.David Videcette, who has spent three years investigating the disappearance, and has interviewed scores of witnesses involved in the original case, believes the police fixation with Mr Kipper resulted in them missing or ignoring crucial pieces of evidence which point to the identity of the real killer.Miss Lamplugh’s family never gave up hope of finding out what happened to her and set up a trust in he name that campaigns to protect the victims of violence, aggression and stalking.Sadly her mother, Diane, died in 2011 aged 79, and her father, Paul, passed away last year aged 87. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In February 2001, the Metropolitan Police searched the barracks and in August 2010, they searched a field three miles from the site near Pershore, after a witness claimed to have seen a mound of freshly dug earth there in 1986.A Met spokesman said: “On Wednesday, 3 July, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service commenced a search of areas of land in Pershore, Worcestershire. The search relates to the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh in 1986.“Colleagues from West Mercia Police are assisting. A number of officers and police staff will remain on site until a thorough search has been completed.“Officers received new information about Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance following the publicity around the search of a property in Sutton Coldfield in November 2018, carried out as part of the investigation.“All of the information was reviewed. Information relating to the areas we are currently searching was assessed and the decision was taken to make further enquiries. Miss Lamplugh’s family have been informed.”Canaan was named as the key suspect in the murder investigation in 2002 after it emerged that he had been known by the nickname Kipper and had been released from a prison hostel in west London just days before Miss Lamplugh disappeared. Officers at the pershore site Officers at the Pershore, Worcestershire siteCredit: Matt Cooper/ PA Detectives investigating the disappearance of estate agent, Suzy Lamplugh, 33-years ago, have begun excavating a field in Worcestershire as they try to locate her remains.The site in Pershore, which is close to the scene of previous digs, was ordered after police received fresh information earlier this year.In October a team of specialist officers began searching the former home of the mother of convicted killer, John Cannan in Sutton Coldfield.A Scotland Yard spokesman said as a result of publicity around that dig, they had received fresh information about Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance, which had led them to the Pershore site.Miss Lamplugh, 25, disappeared in July 1986 after apparently arranging to show a client around a house that was for sale in Fulham, west London. read more

Gamergaters Heres Your Chance to Prove Youre Not Triggered Snowflakes

first_imgUpdate: I’ve been proven wrong on this subject, and based on the reactions and feedback I’ve seen regarding the petition it seems clear that the core Gamergate community is not responsible for it. Shortly after the story went up, I was invited on Twitter to comment on the discussion thread on my piece in Reddit’s /r/KotakuInAction subreddit, one of the earliest and most prominent Gamergate forums.I can say with a fair amount of confidence that the petition is wholly condemned by that community, and if you consider KiA to be the defining community of Gamergate, that means that Gamergaters have been shunning the petition from the beginning. From the beginning of the petition, KiA disavowed it. They discussed looking for the source specifically because it gave their group a bad name, and user B-VOLLEYBALL-READY found a post on 4chan from May 28th that seemed to be the earliest mention of it outside of Basically everyone on that subreddit has condemned the petition.I approached the subject spoiling for a fight, with a political chip on my shoulder. I also didn’t directly go to KiA first to find reactions to the petition, and for that I apologize to its users and those who consider KiA to be the heart of Gamergate. I did you a disservice, and I’m sorry. I also sounded like an asshole, but I’m not necessarily apologizing for that; it’s my own unique tone when discussing political and social issues and I don’t like censoring myself. I still personally disagree with many of Gamergate’s positions and approaches, and the attention cultivated and drawn by Gamergate over the last few years has spread out considerably beyond KiA. The language used by the Gamergate community has been adopted by many other groups and movements, and this has caused that language to get a very specific sort of weight in the broader political sense, beyond the limited context of games media. This post was my mistake, and I apologize for making it, but I want the train of thought that led to the mistake to be very clear. Complaints about political correctness, social justice warriors, and virtue signalling have some very strong connotations and have been used by genuine and unashamed bigots over the last few years. Outside of KiA, I’ve seen that language used by bigots far, far more often than by people interested in discussing the problems of postmodernist approaches to academia and criticism. It is a problem in rhetoric and attitude that will persist well past me, because of how loaded the language has become.I’m @AggroWill on Twitter. Putting this at the top both for feedback and as a kind of social experiment.So, Far Cry 5 will be set in rural Montana and be about a militia comprised of religious zealots. It’s an interesting, pretty well-tread story that structurally follows with the concepts and structures of the last few Far Cry games. You’re somewhere in the wilderness, and a bunch of angry people with weapons pretty much run the place until you set it free with your own weapons.This has upset some people. If you believe the petition to get Ubisoft to cancel Far Cry 5, those people are Gamergaters. So I feel fairly confident in ascribing this reaction to Gamergaters. And, like many reactions in the past from self-described Gamergaters, this seems like a lot of self-obsessed whining and eager victimization. But that doesn’t have to be the case, and it might not be if Gamergaters are willing to prove it.Hey, remember when Gamergate was about ethics in games journalism? That message was drowned out by ignorant histrionics long ago, and any discussion and consideration of the ethical issues the games media face was lost against screaming misconceptions about journalism, ethics, bias, and just political whining. Eventually, it was subsumed by the alt-right, which is its own pile I won’t address in this post. Anyway, it’s 2017, and now Gamergaters are upset about an action game involving a religiously driven militia because they apparently feel somehow aligned with similar militias.But here’s the thing a lot of stories talking about the petition aren’t recognizing: the petition is tiny (currently less than 1,000) and the actual “Gamergate” outrage I’ve seen on Twitter has been responding to assumptions that they would be outraged by it. But that non-reaction is being shouted over not only by fairly reasonable assumptions that they would get upset by Far Cry 5 and the politics-over-gaming alt-right screaming their heads off over it.The lulz-cult that is The_Donald on Reddit had these reactions:I include the last one both in fairness and to point out how the voice of reason there got the fewest upvotes. And speaking of, one of the top reactions on Voat’s /v/gaming:Breitbart, alt-right outlet of outrage and a favorite among Gamergaters ever since Milo Yiannopolos gave them attention and stroked their ego, has so far been pretty even-headed on its coverage of Far Cry 5.And by even-headed I mean:Ubisoft is courting controversy with their latest entry in the series, which seems targeted to appeal to the revenge fantasies of the Punch-a-Nazi crowd that has labeled anyone who hasn’t declared open resistance against Donald Trump’s presidency as a deserving target of politically-motivated violence. And if you want to find hundreds of whiny, self-victimized snowflakes, just look at the comments in any related story about it.So, hey, maybe the Far Cry 5 petition is a dumb trolling joke and Gamergaters aren’t whining incessantly about the game. But their friends and allies certainly are, endlessly. They see it as an attack on them, and that’s going to tarnish anyone who considers themselves connected to or supporting Gamergate because the fact is that ever since Milo and the alt-right started appealing to them, the connection between the groups has been pretty apparent.Here’s your chance, Gamergaters. Want this to be about ethics in games journalism? Want to be taken seriously as anything other than the easily manipulated troll army who marched behind the right wing because one of their more vocal and edgy figures gave you some form of positive attention? Step forward and say you don’t have much of a problem with Far Cry 5’s premise. That you don’t think you’re being persecuted because of it. That you don’t see it as an attack on you.Because it isn’t about you, unless you’re a member of an armed religious militia, and even then it’s pretty questionable. Not every white, male, or Christian villain is an indictment on all white people, males, or Christians. In fact, they simply aren’t unless their portrayal implies that their villainy is a common factor among their group and not a character trait of themselves. Those portrayals are rare and tend only to be seen in either poorly written parody or lefter-than-even-me sociopolitical rambling with readerships in the dozens.See that? That’s from Voat, responding to the Far Cry 5 art. Is that the sort of crap you want associated with you and your love for video games?Come on. Let’s get to a place where we can actually have civil discourse where I don’t condescend, and you don’t assume everything is an attack on you. Prove you’re better than the alt-right that tried to adopt you and the whining bags of garbage who value mindless political cheerleading over video games in any form.What would you rather be, gamers pushing for better coverage of video games, debating the merits of the PS4 Pro versus the Scorpio and the viability of the Nintendo Switch? Or politically correct victims too busy seeing themselves in the warped mirrors of every remotely unsavory character that shares a demographic with you to even play the games you claim to love? It’s your choice.Here’s hoping you read all the way down to the bottom and didn’t just stop two paragraphs in to comment about how I’m an SJW beta chode who’s offended your sensibilities. Which would disappoint me, and prove right my concerns about the whole easily triggered snowflakes thing.last_img read more

Messi to hold more talks over Argentina return says Scaloni

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni say he  will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over his return to international action.Messi has not featured for Argentina since they were eliminated by Kylian Mbappe inspired France in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA world cup.The Barcelona playmaker has also given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.Argentina Coach Scaloni who replaced Sampaoli’s says he is planning  to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.“I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni told FourFourTwo on Friday.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.“For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.“He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.last_img read more

Search underway for missing Deerfield Beach teen

first_imgPlease Share This Post!A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued out of Broward County.— FDLE (@fdlepio) December 22, 2017Investigators said the teen stands 5 feet tall, weighs about 100 pounds, and has auburn hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue/white school shirt, navy blue skirt and light colored tennis shoes.Officials urged anyone with information about Hemphill’s whereabouts to contact FDLE at 1-888-FL-MISSING (1-888-356-4774).Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are seeking the community’s help in locating a 15-year-old girl who went missing in Deerfield Beach on Tuesday.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Molly Hemphill was last seen at a train station in the area of 1300 West Hillsborough Boulevard.last_img read more

Passenger Biman security guard held over gold smuggling

first_imgShahjalal-AirportOfficials of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) detained two men, including a security guard of Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB), with 580 grams of gold from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday, reports UNB.The detainees are Rezaul Karim, a security guard of CAAB and son of late Mohammad Ali Mandal of Kamelashwar village in Gazipur Sadar, and Kuddus Shikdar, a passenger of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flight BG-40 which landed at the airport around 3:15pm.CIID director general Moinul Khan said based on secret information, Customs Intelligence held Kuddus and Rezaul along with five gold bars weighing 580 grams from the toilet of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane used for the flight from Riyadh to Dhaka.Kuddus had arrived from the Saudi capital and was trying to hand over the gold bars to Razaul in the toilet, Moinul Khan added.last_img read more

Political Roundup Bills To End The Shutdown And Transgender Military Personnel

first_img 00:00 /21:47 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Share In the Houston Matters weekly political roundup, our experts discuss everything from the continuing government shutdown, to the Supreme Court reviving a Trump administration ban on transgender military personnel, to a review of President Trump’s first two years in office, to the growing list of Democratic candidates vying to unseat him in 2020, and to developments at city hall and the Texas Legislature,  In the audio above, host Craig Cohen talks it over with Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder.last_img read more

Heres Why Voter Registration Groups Are Fighting Texas Attempted Voter Purge

first_imgGabriel C. Pérez/KUTRae Martinez, a director with the Texas Freedom Network, says the state’s attempt to remove potential noncitizens from voter rolls will make registering voters harder.Groups that help register new voters in Texas are challenging the state’s effort to remove noncitizens from voter rolls, claiming it’s an attempt to intimidate people of color, a growing demographic in the state.Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez is executive director of a political group in Austin called Jolt, one of the groups suing state officials over the attempt to purge voters they suspect aren’t citizens. She has been organizing young Latino voters over the past few years.“We talk to people about … building a movement of Latinos across Texas,” she said, “that soon we will be the majority, and we have the ability to determine the future of the state.”At the core of Tzintzun’s ambitious goal is getting thousands of young Latinos registered to vote before the 2020 election, an expensive and time-consuming undertaking.She said she’s concerned the state’s effort mostly affects recently naturalized citizens who registered to vote – and who are more likely to be Latino or Asian.“We are very concerned by the actions – by the dubious legal actions – by the Texas Secretary of State trying to purge tens of thousands of eligible legal voters from their right to vote,” she said.Texas Secretary of State David Whitley told local election officials in late January that his office had compiled a list of 95,000 people on the rolls who might not be citizens. He also sent that list to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been prosecuting a growing number of people for alleged voter fraud in the past few years.When local officials started looking at Whitley’s list, though, they found thousands of errors.Whitley has since walked back some of his claims and is urging officials to vet the list before removing names from the voter rolls.But people who work with new voters say the effort has had consequences.“We were very disappointed and upset obviously,” said Rae Martinez, a director with the Texas Freedom Network.Martinez helps 18-to-29-year-olds register their peers and make sure they go to the polls come election time. They said the state’s effort is just one more thing that makes registering voters trickier.“Registering to vote is kind of an antiquated process in the state of Texas,” Martinez said. “We don’t have things like online voter registration that make it easier.”Voters here have to register manually. The registration form includes warnings about the legal ramifications of registering to vote when you’re not eligible. Martinez said it’s already an intimidating process.“There’s general anxiety to filling out a form,” they said. “So this is just one piece that will add to that for those who are aware of the secretary of state’s issuance.”Martinez said not all new voters may know about the state’s effort, but it could influence voters who do.“It definitely feels very targeted – especially at Latinos,” they said. “There will be some … young people that we are working with that have been naturalized citizens or whose families are naturalized citizens.”The state’s effort is happening as groups like Texas Freedom Network and Jolt are amping up voter registration efforts ahead of the 2020 presidential election.“People of color have been demographically on the rise, have been voting more,” Martinez said. “So, it does feel very reactionary.”MOVE Texas – a nonprofit that also works to make young people more civically engaged – has joined Jolt and the League of Women Voters in suing the state. The Texas Freedom Network isn’t a part of the lawsuit.Drew Galloway, MOVE’s executive director, said he’s been fielding a lot of questions from people registering to vote.“Actions like this really cause confusion, and cause misinformation, and make people worried about being part of the process – or anxious about being part of the process,” he said.Galloway said this is a clear example of voter suppression and intimidation.“Voter registration is the first step into a healthy civic life and we have to be there to push back whenever that right is trampled upon,” he said.As the potential political power of Latinos and other people of color continues to rise in Texas, Ramirez said, she thinks groups like hers will have to fight more efforts like this.“I think you are going to continue to see actions like this from the state,” she said. “We want to make sure that every step and turn they take – where they try and deny people their constitutional right to vote – that we are right there defending the rights of every single voter in the state.” Sharelast_img read more

White High School Tennis Players Appear to Pose as KKK Members after

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor A group of high school tennis team players in Telfair County, Ga., will be disciplined by the school superintendent after posting a “racist” photo online last week, according to news reports.According to CBC affiliate 13WMAZ, several White players for Telfair County High School were seen in a photo wearing  white bags over their heads with the eyes cut out, mimicking the white hoods for which the KKK is notorious.White tennis players from Telfair County High School pose in school bus with white bags over the heads in the style of Ku Klux Klan hoods after losing to Black opponents. (Courtesy Photo)The photo, reportedly, was taken after the all-White team lost to a team from Irwin County High School, which reportedly has several Black players, during a state tournament in Rome. The shot first appeared on Snapchat, a more private/closed social media app, but later surfaced on Facebook before viewers brought it to the attention of the local news.Telfair schools Superintendent Lenard Harrelson told 13WMAZ that he first found out about the incident on May 15 and began investigating immediately. Harrelson told the local news station that he had to limit the amount of information released until he consulted the school district attorney, but did say action will be taken against the students for their “highly offensive” photo.“We are in the process of finishing up the investigation and disciplining those students involved,” Harrelson told WMAZ.Telfair Principal Eric Cowart told Newsweek that the students had already been disciplined—though he would not elaborate on the nature of the penalty.A petition has since been organized, calling for the offending students to be barred from graduation ceremonies.last_img read more

Etihad Airways fly Aussie Chefs to Abu Dhabi

first_imgEtihad Airways fly Aussie Chefs to Abu DhabiEtihad Airways fly Aussie Chefs to Abu Dhabi to compete in Taste the World CompetitionEtihad Airways is this week flying to Abu Dhabi renowned Australian chefs, Nelly Robinson of Sydney’s nel. restaurant and Scott Bridger of Perth’s Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder, to compete in Taste the World, a special event in the Taste of Abu Dhabi program from 10-12 November.The pair are among 10 world-class chefs competing to reveal who best epitomises Etihad Airways’ signature food philosophy, which delivers remarkable culinary experiences, on the ground and in the air, using innovative techniques and the creative use of ingredients.Joining Robinson and Bridger in the culinary lineup are Pascal Aussignac (Club Gascon, London), Andre Gerrits (Amsterdammertje, Amsterdam), Michael Hunter (Antler Restaurant, Toronto), Andrea Provenzani (Il Liberty, Milan), Vitaly Tikhonov (G.Graf, Moscow), Siu Hin Chi (Duddell’s, Hong Kong), Sylvestre Wahid (Restaurant Sylvestre, Paris), and Francesco Apreda (Imàgo, Rome). Each was chosen to compete in Taste the World at Taste Festivals held in their home city during 2016.For the Taste the World competition, a dish specially created by each of the 10 chefs will be judged by an independent panel comprising an Etihad Airways Inflight Chef, a representative of Taste Festivals, and a world-renowned food influencer.Visitors to Taste of Abu Dhabi will also have the opportunity to watch the chefs create dishes that bring to life the airline’s culinary vision in a special Etihad Chefs’ Theatre.Patrick Pierce, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Sponsorship, said: “We are proud to welcome these gifted chefs to our home during Taste of Abu Dhabi. All of them have demonstrated innovative cooking techniques to create truly remarkable dishes. Watching them compete against each other in the final of Taste the World will be an exciting occasion for the chefs and our attending guests.“We draw inspiration from the finest restaurants and emerging chefs from the world’s major culinary capitals, serving inspired dining both on the ground and in the air, and doing it with the style and sophistication that has become synonymous with the Etihad Airways brand.”Justin Clarke, Director of Taste Festivals Ltd, said: “It has been an incredible year hosting Etihad Airways at 15 Taste Festivals around the world.  Hosting the ‘Taste the World’ finals at ‘Taste of Abu Dhabi’ will be an exciting culmination for our inspirational chefs. Etihad Airways’ commitment to being the leading culinary airline is a great fit with Taste Festivals and we look forward to communicating their service offering and to inspiring future innovation across the culinary world.”Etihad Airways is the global airline partner of 15 Taste Festivals worldwide. Its three-year agreement with Taste Festivals Limited, signed in 2016, is a central pillar of its global sponsorship strategy aimed at establishing the airline as an aspirational lifestyle brand. The partnership with Taste Festivals kicked off in March this year with events in Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong and culminates this month with Taste of Abu Dhabi. The airline will also participate in Taste of Melbourne which takes place in the city’s Albert Park from 10-13 November.Etihad Airways currently employs 235 Inflight Chefs and 495 Food and Beverage Managers, who, together with its multinational cabin crew and Flying Nannies, provide the service and hospitality for which the airline is world-renowned. Etihad Airwaysbook flights here Source = Etihad Airwayslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Etihad Airways has launched a new mobile exhibition which will visit its key European markets to give commercial partners and consumers first-hand experience of the airline’s new cabin products and inflight service elements.Weighing approximately 22 tonnes and measuring 50m², the 16m long mobile exhibition includes full-size mock-ups of The Residence, the world’s only three-room cabin on a commercial airline, and the First Apartment – both currently onboard the airline’s A380 fleet, and also the B787 First Suite.The Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat, which feature on both aircraft types, are also displayed.Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our cabin products have captured the world’s imagination, setting a new standard in sophisticated flying.“The Etihad Airways Mobile Exhibition will give our corporate and industry partners an understanding of the innovation and creativity which went into designing these industry-leading cabins.”The first phase of the tour commenced on 24 September in Switzerland’s commercial capital Zurich, in time for the start of the Zurich Film Festival, of which Etihad Airways is a major sponsor.It will then head to Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover, Düsseldorf, Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Cannes, Milan, Torino and Bologna, ending in Amsterdam on 14 December.The second phase, beginning in January 2016, will see the Etihad Airways Mobile Exhibition visit the UK, Ireland, Belgium and Spain, followed by repeat visits to the cities included in the first phase of the tour.“We are delighted to commence this tour in Switzerland, which is world renowned for design, craftsmanship, hospitality and generosity of spirit. These are all core elements of the Etihad Airways brand and service philosophy, now brilliantly showcased in this mobile exhibition.”The mobile product exhibition allows Etihad Airways to bypass the logistical constraints of transporting cabin mock ups to multiple locations, taking its ground-breaking premium products directly to target markets, trade events, and exhibitions.The mobile exhibition vehicle will be painted in Etihad Airways’ ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ corporate colours, ensuring optimal exposure of the airline’s branding as it makes its way around Europe.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – MTV is launching its first-ever drive to encourage young people to register and vote during a midterm election year.The youth-centric network will unveil the effort at Monday’s Video Music Awards in New York. The drive is aimed at urging fans to make voting a communal effort with their friends.It hearkens back to MTV’s “Choose or Lose” campaign when Bill Clinton was first elected in 1992. MTV says its effort is non-partisan, but it will be happening at a time when groups favouring Democrats are making a big effort to get young people to the polls.MTV’s plan will culminate in some 1,000 parties of different sizes across the country on Election Day. FILE – In this April 17, 2018, file photo, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment commissioner Julie Menin, center, Darren Pfeffer, executive vice president of MSG live, left, and Bruce Gillmer, global head of music/talent MTV International announce the MTV VMAs’ return to New York City and symbolic street renaming outside Radio City Music Hall in New York. MTV is launching its first-ever drive to encourage young people to register and vote during a midterm election year. The youth-centric network will unveil the effort at the Video Music Awards on Monday, Aug. 20. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2018 6:00 am PDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img MTV launches drive to get young people to votelast_img read more

Fourday international drill kicked off in Larnaca

first_imgThe annual multinational civil and military exercise ‘Argonaut 2017’ kicked off on Tuesday, scheduled last until June 2.Twenty-two countries take part in the international drill, with the participation of personnel from the national guard, the joint rescue coordination centre, the civil defence, the police and other state agencies. Altogether, 24 departments from eight ministries are involved.According to the defence ministry, the exercise is divided into four stages and will take place within the territorial, maritime and aerial boundaries of the Larnaca district, within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and flight information region (FIR) of the Republic of Cyprus.The first and second stages will be held on May 30 and 31, during which procedures regarding the evacuation of civilians from Middle East countries will be tested.During the third phase, on June 1st, the national search and rescue plan ‘Nearchos’ is going to be put to the test.The final stage will take place at 11am on June 2 at the old Larnaca airport, in the presence of the country’s political and military leaders, foreign diplomats and observers.The drill’s scenario will address dealing with a terrorist hijacking, during which the national ‘Aspida’ plan will be implemented with police in charge.For the first time, the new ‘Zenon’ coordination centre in Larnaca will host national and foreign delegations participating in the exercise, as well as foreign officials and observers who will follow all stages of the exercise in real time.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Wadoo bats for continued support of youth programmes as he believes that the increasing focus on developing players has positively impacted the two leagues. They are following orders of the government of India which is acting out of political vendetta against me and my family. Shah said the government was committed to ensure development in the country. 2014-2015. Bush seems so different. read more