World Cup 2018: Serbia’s Kolarov, Matic consider international retirement

first_imgSerbia’s captain Aleksandar Kolarov and midfielder Nemanja Matic are considering retirement from international duties after their elimination from the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Wednesday.Serbia were outclassed by Brazil 2-0 in their final group game that saw them exit from the World Cup in Russia.Serbia had defeated Costa Rica in their first match of the tournament but their last-gasp defeat to Switzerland in the second match turned it all around.It was a must-win against Brazil and Serbia just failed to dismantle the footballing powerhouse.A last-minute strike by Xherdan Shaqiri was the “fateful goal” that booked Serbia’s passage home, wrote the Kurir daily.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I will speak with the people from the football federation, whether they see me in the national team,” Kolarov, 32, was quoted as saying by Blic newspaper. “If I can’t contribute to what the national side needs, I won’t be selfish.”It will he hard for me but I will stay away,” added the AS Roma and former Manchester City defender.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”First I need a rest,” Matic said, noting he had played more than 60 games this season for Manchester United and his country. “I’m drained, both emotionally and physically. We’ll see.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Brazil reach last 16 with easy win over Serbia”If I feel I cannot give my maximum, I’ll pull out,” added Matic, who turns 30 in a month.The Belgrade press largely echoed coach Mladen Krstajic’s praise for his team’s fighting spirit in being outclassed by the five-times world champions; Blic called them “heroes”.advertisementThe Serbs needed a win to reach the second round from Group E after a last-minute 2-1 defeat by Switzerland last week. However, in pressing hard they left themselves exposed to a goals in either half by Paulinho and Thiago Silva.Also read – World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Serbia: Why was Neymar trolled this time?”We went out to win against a powerhouse in modern football and we came up short,” Krstajic said. “I congratulate my players for their brave efforts.”That’s how it goes in football. We have to up our game.””The players gave their all,” added Krstajic, a former international defender who was promoted to coach from assistant when Slavoljub Muslin was sacked last October after leading the side to qualification for Russia.”We came to the World Cup to show our true colours after eight years of missing out on major tournaments. We can be very satisfied with our performance,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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a month agoNapoli goalscorer Llorente: I really wanted to face Liverpool

first_imgNapoli goalscorer Llorente: I really wanted to face Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Fernando Llorente was delighted to score in victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Llorente was part of the Tottenham team beaten by the Reds in last season’s final.The veteran said: “I wanted to play against the Reds, I’m happy because we showed we could live with the big names. These three points are very important, but it’s just the first game: we still need a lot. “We have to think about game after game, it will be hard. “Scoring at the San Paolo is something incredible, I didn’t imagine starting this adventure like this.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoNapoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemate

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli boss Ancelotti defends Genk stalemateby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti defended their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Genk.The Azzurri hit the woodwork three times and saw Kalidou Koulibaly’s effort cleared off the line at the Luminus Arena.“It was a good performance and we had several chances for the breakthrough,” Ancelotti said on Sky Sport Italia.“Our finishing wasn’t very effective and we were a little unlucky too. The only risk we had at the back came after a slip, so we were always in control.“It’s an extra point, we showed grit and determination, but could’ve finished our chances better.” last_img read more

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Ohio State OL Taylor Decker Had Some Fun Retweeting All The Incorrect Predictions People Made About The Buckeyes

first_imgTaylor Decker retweets incorrect Ohio State predictions.Taylor Decker spent part of his Wednesday morning doing some work that should please Ohio State fans greatly. The Buckeyes’ offensive tackle surfed Twitter, found a bunch of incorrect predictions made about his national champion team and retweeted them. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman found eight tweets that proved to be very, very wrong. There are plenty, plenty more out there to be found, too. Funny how things work, often those who said you couldn’t will cheer the loudest when you do #raisethewhiteropes— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 25, 2015 Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.08.50 PM@TDeck68  Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.09.04 PM@TDeck68Decker recognized one of the few people who did not lose faith in Ohio State, too. @TDeck68 looks like i was the opposite of those people pic.twitter.com/4fac4tLB1f— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) February 25, 2015Taylor Decker: really good offensive lineman, even better user of Twitter.last_img read more

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Photo/Videos: Struggling Oklahoma State Blows Out No. 3 Kansas, Fans Rush Court

first_imgOklahoma State fans rush the court after win.Twitter/@ESPNCBBAt this point, it feels like we have a huge upset and a court rush every night in college basketball. No. 3 Kansas was the victim tonight, falling to an Oklahoma State team that was just 9-8, and 1-4 in the Big 12 in Stillwater, 86-67. After the game, fans of the Pokes rushed the court in a big way.Down goes Kansas! What a week. pic.twitter.com/46vr4hqHo0— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 20, 2016They stormed the court anyway. Regardless, great win for the Pokes. They came to play. 86-67 victory. #OkState pic.twitter.com/KIyNCQsuK8— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) January 20, 2016Storm that court, Pokes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/hFFVoutUEc— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) January 20, 2016Last night, Iowa State fans stormed the floor. Tonight, it was Oklahoma State. On the road in the Big 12, nobody’s safe.last_img read more

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Reality Stars Help Sick Kids

first_imgReality television stars helped to make the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true by raising nearly $38,000 for Give Kids The World (GKTW) through Hearts of Reality, a three-day event held July 26-28 in Celebration, Fla.Survivor One World contestant Jay Byars gives a hug to a GKTW wish child.More than 140 of the hottest stars from the hit television shows “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Bachelor,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Big Brother” and more, reunited with their cast mates and used their celebrity to help raise donations for the Central Florida nonprofit “storybook” resort that provides week-long, cost-free, magical vacations to children and their families from around the world.“We are delighted that the Hearts of Reality participants shared their time and talents with our precious guests,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “In addition, they raised $38,000 and helped bring awareness to our mission of creating the happiness that inspires hope for children battling a life-threatening illness.”Hosted by Lexin Capital/Celebration Town Center for the last four years, Hearts of Reality invites reality star fanatics to mingle and party with their favorite stars at an autograph signing and a “Land Lovers Luau” in exchange for a $20 or $30 donation, respectively, to GKTW. In addition to the funds collected during the weekend, the stars have also personally raised more than $30,000 by posting on their social media sites and asking fans, friends and family to contribute to the cause, which is still soliciting donations until the official close of the fundraiser on August 12.GKTW’s own stars also had the chance to meet the celebrities during a special visit to the Village. The reality stars toured the 70-acre facility and then helped host the Village’s weekly Pirates & Princesses party. With tiaras and toy swords, the television stars reversed roles with the children by asking for autographs from the young, true-life heroes.Participants of Hearts of Reality included: Richard Hatch (winner, original “Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”), Russell Hantz (“Survivor”), Chelsea Messiner (“Survivor One World” and top fundraiser for Hearts of Reality), Dr. Carl Bilancione (“Survivor Africa”), Kim Spradlin (winner, “Survivor One World”), Sandra Diaz-Twine (the only two-time “Survivor” winner), Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas (“Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race”), Britt Griffith (“Ghost Hunters”), Ty Brown and Nick Peterson (“The Bachelorette”), Ozzy (“Survivor”) and many more.To support your favorite reality star with a donation to GKTW, please make a donation by August 12 by clicking here.last_img read more

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Sebi allows FPIs to invest in civic bonds

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign portfolio investors can now invest in municipal bonds, markets regulator Sebi said in a circular Wednesday. The circular comes almost two weeks after the Reserve Bank of India permitted FPIs to invest in municipal bonds as a measure to broaden access of non resident investors to debt instruments in the country.As per the RBI, foreign investment in municipal bonds should be within the limits set for FPI investment in State Development Loans (SDLs). The limits for FPI investment in SDLs is 2 per cent of outstanding stock of securities. All other existing conditions for investment by FPIs in the debt market remain unchanged, the central bank had said in a circular on April 25. In 2017, Sebi eased rules on issuance of municipal bonds in order to boost such bond market. It allowed municipalities with surplus in their books in three immediately preceding financial years to issue public debt securities.last_img read more

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Andrew Wiggins And The Problem With Scorers

Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins was named the NBA’s 2014-15 Rookie of the Year on Thursday. The announcement came as no surprise: It’s an award he’s essentially been a lock to win since at least February.But there’s a big disconnect between what the eye test (plus basic statistics such as points per game) and the analytics say about Wiggins, both in terms of his current production and his future potential. And because of that discrepancy, Wiggins is emblematic of what’s long been one of the most difficult problems to solve in basketball analysis.According to conventional analysis, Wiggins had a standout rookie campaign. Despite being a callow 19-year-old, he averaged nearly 17 points per game for the season, including 19.1 PPG from New Year’s Day onward, and provided some of the most sharable Vines of any player in the league. On top of his scoring output, he’s also regarded by scouts as a player with elite defensive potential because of his length and athleticism. Viewed in those terms, Wiggins’s Rookie of the Year nod could be seen as a launchpad for a Hall of Fame career.The advanced statistics are far less impressive. As others have noted, according to Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) Wiggins had one of the worst seasons by a Rookie of the Year winner since 1973-74, which is as far back as the statistic can be calculated. Also judging by VORP, 60 other rookies provided more value to their teams this season. And even after a high-scoring spike in performance at midseason, Wiggins’s final 2014-15 Statistical Plus-Minus (SPM) of -2.4 was barely better than the -2.9 mark that could have been expected by simply regressing his stats to the mean back in December.ESPN’s single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM) for Wiggins’s offense was higher than his SPM, suggesting he makes an impact at that end that can’t be fully detected by the box score. But in his supposed strong suit — defense — RPM ranked Wiggins in the 14th percentile of all NBA players in terms of per-possession performance, even after adjusting for the quality of his teammates (or lack thereof) and the opponents he faced. And Synergy Sports judged his capabilities as an individual defender only marginally better, ranking him in the 32nd percentile of defenders according to its video-scouting metrics.So what gives? Why are the eyes so high on Wiggins, but the numbers so down?Part of it is age. If we give a bonus to Wiggins’s SPM according to an aging curve, setting every Rookie of the Year winner on equal footing at age 22,1The average age of all NBA rookies since the 1976-77 season. Wiggins shoots up the list of winners, from No. 40 (out of 41) in rookie wins above replacement (WAR) to No. 27. Kyrie Irving201219-9.64.68.3+3.8 Chuck Person198722-2.75.05.00.0 Chris Paul200620-8.513.216.4+3.2 There was also the matter of Wiggins’s awful teammates. According to SPM,2Specifically, a calculation estimating how poor the team’s efficiency differential would be if we removed the player from the roster and gave his minutes to a replacement-level player. Wiggins was saddled with the ninth-worst teammates of any Rookie of the Year winner since the ABA-NBA merger. Teammate Zach LaVine posted the worst WAR of any player in the league, Anthony Bennett ranked 17th-worst, and Adreian Payne was sixth-worst in the league based on his time in Minnesota alone, despite not joining the team until February. Simply put, Wiggins had to carry more of the Timberwolves’ load because he played with a truly terrible supporting cast.But that doesn’t explain all of the disparity between Wiggins’s conventional accolades and his feeble advanced metrics. After all, the quality of a player’s teammates is barely correlated3Since the merger, there’s only a correlation of 0.098 between a player’s “teammate rating” and his own SPM; there’s also a correlation of 0.117 between the year-to-year change in a player’s teammate quality and the change in his (age-adjusted) SPM. with his own performance. A bigger reason might relate to a question APBRmetricians have grappled with for years: How exactly should we deal with high-volume scorers?Former ESPN Director of Production Analytics (and current Sacramento Kings Director of Analytics and Player Personnel) Dean Oliver devoted an entire chapter (titled The Problem With Scorers) in his seminal book “Basketball on Paper” to the issues involved in statistically evaluating players who perform what seems the most essential of on-court acts: putting the ball in the basket. Although he determined that per-possession efficiency was the best measure of a team’s offensive prowess and developed equivalent efficiency metrics for individual players, Oliver also posited that a player’s offensive efficiency was prone to changes based on how much of a scoring workload he took on.That theory, which has largely been borne out by subsequent studies, implies that a player’s efficiency numbers aren’t even close to being all his own — and that, crucially, high scorers such as Wiggins represent the group most centrally affected by such interplay between teammates. Furthermore, raw scoring ability may suggest heightened potential even after controlling for a player’s actual rookie production. If you run a regression attempting to predict a rookie’s remaining career WAR from his first-year statistics, the second-most important predictor (though dwarfed by the effect of his age-adjusted rookie WAR itself) is usage rate, a measure of how frequently a player was called on for scoring attempts within his team’s offense, regardless of their success.The idea that Wiggins’s scoring and athleticism speak volumes about his potential in a way that can’t be captured by his rookie-season value metrics goes a long way toward explaining the gulf between his subjective reputation and the numbers. Only time will tell which is right, but that differential could position Wiggins as his generation’s Allen Iverson or Antoine Walker — players who served as early battlegrounds in the war between analytics and conventional wisdom. Tim Duncan199821-0.412.213.8+1.6 Larry Bird198023+2.612.211.1-1.1 PLAYERYEARAGETEAMMATE QUALITYRAW WARAGE-22 EQUIV. 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Womens Soccer Ohio State scores eight goals in win over Morehead State

After coming off of a cancelled home-opening match against Duquesne last Sunday, Ohio State regained momentum after its win over No. 5 Florida by gaining an 8-0 victory against Morehead State.Ohio State (2-2) tied for the third-most goals in one single game in school history. Freshmen forward Emaly Vatne scored three of the eight goals in Thursday night’s win, recording the 15th hat trick in Ohio State history, scoring in the 41st, 68th and 73rd minutes against Morehead State. Vatne said she is most proud of her team’s professionalism on the field tonight. “We approached this game with a really good attitude,” Vatne said. “We didn’t let up in one moment of the game, so I think that’s something we should really be proud of.”In the 22nd minute, freshmen defender/midfielder Talani Barnett notched a goal from eight yards inside the right post, giving Ohio State the early lead. A minute later, freshmen forward Kayla Fischer found success by scoring a goal in the first half, recording her third goal of the year. Junior midfielder Alyssa Baumbick also picked up two goals, resulting in her first pair of goals of the season.   In the 57th minute, sophomore forward Marissa Birzon, crossed over from the left wing to tally Ohio State’s fifth goal of the night.     Vatne said, as a group, Ohio State really found a rhythm and were able to capitalize on the moments when they got the opportunity to play. Head coach Lori Walker-Hock spoke about the importance of gaining confidence looking ahead to conference play in a couple of weeks. Walker-Hock also said the best part of this kind of a game is being able to get a lot of people on the field and gaining some experience. “That’s where a game like this really benefits us is getting that experience for some of our young players and clearly our young players connected pretty good tonight,” Walker-Hock said. The Buckeyes will resume action this Sunday as they take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m at Alumni Stadium. read more

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Shoji aware Lukaku is not the only threat in the Belgium

first_imgAhead of the last-16 clash between Japan and Belgium, defender Gen Shoji said he is up for the challenge and is well aware what exactly he needs to be prepared for.Even though Lukaku might be Shoji’s direct opponent in the fixture, he is not Belgium’s only attacking option. Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are just some other names who could easily find the back of the net of Japan’s goal.“I do feel I will be faced with Lukaku quite a lot. In preparation of the match, I think I have to overcome him mentally,” Shoji said, according to FourFourTwo.“Yes, we are facing Belgium, a formidable foe, but I’d like to be mentally prepared.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Akira Nishino, manager of Japan, said he has already talked with Eiji Kawashima after some not normal mistakes the goalkeeper made in the group stage.“He’s a perfectionist,” Nishino said.“[After] the first and second matches, I actually had a chat with him, personally. His position, his play, we discussed for quite a long time. ”“He’s the only one who’s played as a goalkeeper in Europe. And he self-analysed his play very well.”last_img read more

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Fred explains his adaptation to England

first_imgThe Manchester United footballer played in his native Brazil and in Ukraine, and this will be his first season in the English Premier LeagueFor Brazilian footballer, Fred, adapting to the English Premier League is not easy.But the Manchester United player is doing all he can to adapt quickly to his new competition and team.When asked about how his English is going, he said: “I managed to do some classes in Ukraine but people there didn’t really speak English. They spoke Russian so that’s what I learned there. I didn’t get to practice much English but now I’m here and I’m going to classes.”“I want to learn as quickly as possible because I know it will help me to integrate and adapt here. I already know a lot of sentences, many words – ‘How are you?’ I know how to communicate. I’m studying so hopefully I will be better in no time,” he said to the club’s official website.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The first time I got a car it felt really different to drive on the opposite side. In other countries it’s different and here the ‘right’ side seems weird.”“On the first day when I arrived during pre-season, I went to the training ground and they left a car for me to drive to the hotel. I had to figure it out and learn. Now it’s okay, I’ve adapted to that and slowly I will adapt even more,” he commented.Would he give his younger self any advice?“I don’t think I would give any advice. When we are kids we live without thinking about the consequences. We do things our own way, we make mistakes but those are all lessons to learn. If, when I was I, child, I hadn’t done the right and wrong things I’ve done I wouldn’t be here today.”last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid manager responds to Thibaut Courtoiss comments

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has responded to comments made by Thibaut Courtois after the Real Madrid goalkeeper criticized him.The Belgium international accused his former manager of constant attack against the European champions in order to boost his popularity amongst Atletico Madrid supporters.Courtois’s comments came after Croatia captain and Real Madrid teammate, Luka Modric accused Simeone of constantly trying to undermine the Los Blancos after the Argentine said either Antoine Griezmann or Raphael Varane should have won Ballon d’Or ahead of Luka Modric.Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico’s clash against Espanyol on Sunday, Simeone said, as quoted by Goal:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I’m very respectful with him,” he said of Courtois.“I don’t understand what he wanted to say.”Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are currently seated in third position in the Spanish LaLiga, two points ahead of Rivals Real Madrid after 16 round of matches.last_img read more

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San Diegans report hearing mysterious boom and shaking across the county

first_imgSan Diegans report hearing a “boom” and shaking in East County. Did you hear or feel it? pic.twitter.com/TotXngwtEe— KUSI News (@KUSINews) November 2, 2017 Heard it in Tijuana. Windows rattled. No movement and I live in the 4th floor— ENZO (@Enzolote) November 2, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: November 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A mysterious “boom” rattled San Diegans Thursday, with reports of the loud noise and shaking from all across the county.Reports of the unidentified sound and concurrent shaking began circulating on social media shortly before 11 a.m.There were no earthquakes reported in the area, according to the United States Geological Survey website. San Diegans report hearing mysterious ‘boom’ and shaking across the county Felt and heard it just before 11 AM, in Jamul.— Richard Allen (@Unit1917) November 2, 2017The cause of noise is still unknown at this time. Check back for more updates on the story. , last_img read more

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Connecticut Governor Cuts Magazine Subscriptions Out of State Budget

first_imgConnecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell won’t be reading Glamour, People or any other magazine for that matter, on her lunch breaks anymore. As part of a wide-ranging plan to save taxpayers $21.3 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30, Rell is canceling a number of state contracts for goods and services—including magazine subscriptions. “Services such as car washes, giveaways like magnets and pens, niceties like magazine subscriptions and luxuries such as new office furniture are simply not affordable at a time when our budget shortfall grows every day and taxpayers are wondering how they will make their own paychecks stretch from month to month,” Rell said in a statement.So how much exactly will Connecticut save by cutting magazine subs for state workers? As much as $40,248, Rell said. With annual subscriptions at many major magazines at or below $10, Connecticut workers must have been getting a ton of magazines. I wonder how much recycling all those magazines cost.last_img read more

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Security guard dies in Nganj UCBL fire

first_imgA branch of United Commercial Bank (UCBL) in Tanbazar area in Narayanganj catches fire early Sunday.A man died in a fire at a branch of United Commercial Bank (UCBL) in Tanbazar area of Narayanganj early Sunday.The deceased, Selim Mia, 43 was a security guard of the bank.Witnesses said, the fire originated from the second floor of UCBL office in Padma City Plaza of Narayanganj at around 4:30am, and immediately engulfed the entire floor.On information, nine units of fire service from Dhaka and Narayanganj rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after more than two hours of hectic efforts.One of the fire service man, Amirul, 35, was injured during the rescue operation. He was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in a critical condition. Fire service units also rescued 30 to 35 people trapped in the rooftop.Narayanganj fire service deputy assistant director Mamunur Rashid confirmed the incident and said short circuit may cause the fire.last_img read more

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Settlement Near In Prison Heat Lawsuit

first_img Listen 00:00 /08:52 Michael HagertyThe Wallace Pack Unit, located about 70 northwest of Houston, near Navasota. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Share X A class action lawsuit over heat in a Texas prison is likely to be settled after a federal court hearing Tuesday.Houston Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks tells Houston Matters the terms of the settlement would require temporary air conditioning units installed at the Wallace Pack Unit near Navasota be replaced by permanent units by May 2020, pending legislative approval. The settlement also resolves several wrongful death and wrongful injury lawsuits and awards $4.5 million to an Austin law firm for trying the case.The Chronicle also learned that Bryan Collier, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has proposed creating 26 new definitions of at-risk inmates who are especially susceptible to extreme heat — such as those age 65 or older, or those with diabetes or heart conditions.The original class action lawsuit, filed in 2014, claimed hot conditions at the low-security, 1,400-bed prison of mostly geriatric inmates violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.Tuesday’s proceeding is merely a fairness hearing, where any of the parties in the class action who had a complaint could make a statement in court. Since those parties are prison inmates, Banks says it could make for a chaotic day in court as they make statements via phone.Banks learned some other measures the prison system is taking that aren’t part of the settlement, including plans to relocate at-risk prisoners at 75 uncooled units to 29 prisons already equipped with air conditioning. Such a move could possibly be an effort to stave off future lawsuits from other prisoners, she said.The Texas prison system intends to make use of the 32,000 beds it already has in air conditioned cell blocks but might need additional fencing and other equipment to secure violent offenders. Completing such transfers could take years but would be cheaper than installing air conditioning to old prisons.Banks researched how many other states provide air conditioning for their inmates and how that compares to Texas. She found only five states that provide air conditioning to all state prisoners, while 21 others offer it to at least half their prisoners. Texas is among six states in the South that do not provide cooling for the majority of their state inmates.Banks says officials acknowledge 22 prisoners died from extreme indoor heat over 14 years in prisons from South Texas to Dallas. However, some human rights and health experts who visited Texas prisons estimated the actual number is much higher.last_img read more

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CM slams Centre over LPG price hike

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the soaring prices of essential commodities will result in the middle-class being badly hit which will, in turn, become a question of their basic sustenance. “The hike in fuel price will affect the kitchen while the rise in the price of petrol and diesel will hit the transport sector badly,” she told newsmen on Saturday.The Chief Minister also said that the price of cooking gas has skyrocketed without any rhyme or reason. “Things are going beyond the reach of the middle-class. How can they make their both ends meet? How can they sustain,” she said and added: “But the Centre is not taking any measure to bring down the prices of petrol and diesel and that of the cooking gas.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Trinamool Congress is the first national party to raise voice against the hike in the price of fuel. The Trinamool supremo had instructed her party leaders to hold rallies and meetings throughout the state. On Tuesday, the youth wing of the party had held a sit-in demonstration at the Gandhi Statue. The meeting was addressed by the president of the youth wing Abhishek Banerjee.Banerjee has said over and again that the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel are affecting the transport sector badly. “The Centre is totally indifferent towards this problem faced by the common people,” she maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAsked if she would attend the meeting of the Niti Aayog scheduled to be held in Delhi on June 16 to be presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee said: “How can I take part in the meeting as Eid will be celebrated on that day. I want to be by the side of my people on the day of festivals. I take part in Durga Puja, Eid and Christmas and I do not differentiate between communities. I think they did not check the calendar before fixing the date of the meeting.”last_img read more

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