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 @TDeck68 @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.
I am in a wrong relationship and feel completely broken. What can I do?Name withheld, Kolkata Several actions can be taken to rid ourselves of negative relationships. First, you can attempt to fix the relationship. Explain that you’re not attempting to change them as a person – you simply want to change how your relationship works. Finally, ask them what they’d like to change about the relationship. Ask them how you can add more value. Listen attentively, act accordingly. Also Read – Feel what you fearOr, if you’re unable to change the relationship, you can end it altogether. This is incredibly difficult but applies to any relationship. If someone is doing nothing but draining your life, it’s perfectly acceptable to tell them, “This relationship is no longer right for me, I must end it – must move on.” Do what is right for you. I lost my husband four years ago, I’m 42 now. I don’t know whether to remarry or not. What’s your view? Also Read – HomecomingG. Parekh, New Delhi Your life, your choice. If you truly feel that you want to settle down, please do. If that inch of doubt remains, wait for the one who might wipe the ‘whether or not’ syndrome someday. If love rules, please follow the heart. If it doesn’t, just live your life the way that makes you happy. Time is the only power and you should be your boss. Don’t take any decision unless you are sure about it. My daughter, 32, is highly educated and well placed. She is determined to settle with a guy she met over a matrimony website. She thinks he is very smart while we think he is not suitable for her. He’s running a small dealership. We are very worried. – DC, West Bengal As parents you will always worry as you will want the best for your child. As parents, you should also trust her. She is old enough to understand her future. She will use her liberty to do what she wants. Express your concern but try to have faith on her. Try to meet the man she is dating and begin to know him as well. Don’t remain over worried about your life and lose the happy moments tucked in everyday. Your life and it’s happiness is your first priority. Choose everything wisely. I wish her the best and hope the best for you too. My husband beats me up. We are married for last 5 years and we have a 1 year old son. I’m living in hell. What can I do? Name withheld To allow a man (or anyone) to put their hands on you is a form of mental destruction. Such domestic violence is the worst thing you can allow your child to witness. Unfortunately people have the habit of repeating these sick actions if they are not stopped the very first time. I suggest you stand up and fight it out. Take strong steps and if need be, involve your family or close friends to seek legal advice. Keeping quiet and tolerating is no sign of showing strength or love. You will lose your mental peace, confidence and gradually be depressed. (Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kabul: Afghanistan’s president on Monday vowed to “eliminate” all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate. President Ashraf Ghani’s comments came as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people, including children, killed in the Kabul bombing at a wedding hall late Saturday night. Close to 200 others were wounded. Many outraged Afghans ask whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting America’s longest war will bring peace to long-suffering civilians. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of a dancing crowd, and the IS affiliate later said he had targeted a gathering of minority Shiites, whom it views as apostates deserving of death. Both the bride and groom survived, and in an emotional interview with local broadcaster TOLOnews the distraught groom, Mirwais Alani, said their lives were devastated within seconds. A sharply worded Taliban statement questioned why the US failed to identify the attackers in advance. Another Taliban statement marking the independence day said to “leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls More than anything in its nearly year-long negotiations with the US, the Taliban want some 20,000 US and allied forces to withdraw from the country. The US envoy in talks with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Sunday said the peace process should be accelerated to help Afghanistan defeat the IS affiliate. But Ghani on Monday asserted that the Taliban, whom the US now hopes will help to curb the IS affiliate’s rise, are just as much to blame. His government is openly frustrated at being sidelined from the US talks with the insurgent group, which regards the Afghan government as a US puppet. The Taliban “have created the platform for terrorists” with its own brutal assaults on schools, mosques and other public places over the years, the president said. More than 32,000 civilians in Afghanistan have been killed in the past decade, the United Nations said earlier this year. More children were killed last year 927 than in any other over the past decade by all actors, the UN said, including in operations against insurgent hideouts carried out international forces. “We will take revenge for every civilian drop of blood,” Ghani declared. “Our struggle will continue against (IS), we will take revenge and will root them out.” He urged the international community to join those efforts. He asserted that safe havens for militants are across the border in Pakistan, whose intelligence service has long been accused of supporting the Taliban. The IS affiliate’s claim of the wedding attack said it was carried out by a Pakistani fighter seeking martyrdom. Ghani called on people in Pakistan “who very much want peace” to help identify the IS safe havens there. Last month after meeting with President Donald Trump, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted he will do his best to persuade the Taliban to open negotiations with the Afghan government to resolve the war. Trump on Sunday told reporters he doesn’t want Afghanistan to be a “laboratory for terror.” He was briefed on Friday on the progress of the US-Taliban talks, of which few details have emerged. In a message marking Afghanistan’s independence and “century of resilience,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the weekend wedding bombing “an attack against humanity.” It was one of many international expressions of condemnation pouring in following the attack.
Last weekend, the UConn women’s basketball team punched its ticket to a 26th straight Sweet 16 with an 82-74 win over Buffalo. It was business as usual except for one small detail: the Huskies are a No. 2 seed, making this the first year since 2006 that the Huskies are not a No. 1 seed. The selection committee’s decision was controversial, but UConn Coach Geno Auriemma shrugged it off, saying, “We’re not going to practice differently because we’re a 2 instead of a 1.”Auriemma surely hopes his team doesn’t play any differently, either, as the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four in each of the past 11 seasons. In that span, they have won six national championships.But seeding aside, are this year’s Huskies any different? After all, this team only lost two games and none in the American Athletic Conference. Are UConn fans right to be upset about the No. 2 seed, or is the seed a real reflection of the fact that this year’s Huskies aren’t quite as elite as their title-winning predecessors?2018-19 UConn versus 2015-16 UConnUConn most recently won an NCAA title in 2015-16, led by the dominant trio of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. That team went 38-0 and won by almost 40 points per game, including a 31-point victory over Syracuse in the national championship game. According to Her Hoop Stats, UConn led the nation in most traditional and advanced statistics, including points per game, points allowed per game, field goal percentage, points per scoring attempt, assists per game and block rate.As an exercise, I selected 23 statistical categories from Her Hoop Stats on which to compare the 2015-16 and the 2018-19 teams. These included statistics on offense and defense—and on shooting, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and fouls — in an attempt to represent the full range of each team’s abilities. Eight of the statistics happened to be categories in which UConn led the nation in 2015-16. This year’s UConn team leads the nation in just one of these statistics — foul rate — and bettered the 2015-16 team’s numbers in only three. This year’s team holds opponents to a lower shooting percentage on three-pointers, records assists on a higher percentage of its baskets, and has a slightly lower turnover rate than the 2015-16 team. This year’s Huskies lag behind the 2015-16 champ teamBased on 23 selected offense and defense statistics comparing the 2015-16 and 2018-19 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 17 statistics where Stewart leads Collier 2015-162018-19Is 2018-19 better? Minutes per game32.529.1 Block rate4.7%11.9% Foul rate2.7%2.6% Field goal share7215634 Block rate16.1%10.5% Opponent points per scoring attempt0.790.82 Collier is averaging 21.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for the Huskies. She ranks in the top 10 percent of players nationally in usage rate (27.0 percent), meaning that more than one in four Huskies possessions while she’s on the court ends with her shooting the ball or turning it over. (She registers an assist on another 21.5 percent of UConn possessions while she’s on the court.) Despite such a heavy workload, she is among the most efficient players in the nation, ranking 19th in field goal percentage (61.9%) and 22nd in points per scoring attempt (1.30).In March, anything can happen. Sometimes a player puts a team on his or her back and carries it to a championship. Basketball fans in Storrs know something about this: Kemba Walker did it for the UConn men in 2011 and Shabazz Napier followed suit three years later. In other years, the best team does win, as shown by UConn’s four undefeated seasons from 2008-09 to 2015-16. In other years, it’s a little of both — such as in 2002-03, a dominant season for the Huskies that Auriemma famously summarized as, “We have Diana [Taurasi] and you don’t.” This year, whether the title goes to an excellent team or to a transcendent individual talent, the UConn women have a good chance of taking home the trophy. The Huskies may not be quite as intimidating as they once were, but the 2-seed is still among the nation’s best. And, of course, they have Napheesa, and other teams don’t. Turnover rate11.0%10.0% Field goals attempted per game13.912.8 Steals per game7134256 Opponent 3-point share29.9%28.3%✓ Steals per game1.51.8 Opponent 3-point rate30.2%32.2% And here are the categories in which Stewart comes out on top: Source: Her Hoop Stats Rebounds per game6723414 Field goals made per game8.67.4 Total rebounding rate17.3%17.0% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.821.70 Source: Her Hoop Stats Season ranking 3-point share6215374 Foul rate15.6%16.9% Source: her hoop stats However, the 2015-16 team set an incredibly high bar; comparing any team to that team feels akin to saying, “These UCLA Bruins are OK, but they’ve got nothing on John Wooden’s 1972 squad.” Not only did the 2015-16 UConn team go undefeated, but it didn’t win a single game all season by fewer than 10 points. Seniors Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck became the first three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft — the only time three players from the same school have ever been the top three picks in the WNBA or NBA draft.2018-19 UConn versus UConn title teams since 2009Her Hoop Stats only offers advanced statistics on teams from the 2015-16 season to the present, but UConn makes plenty of traditional stats available in its women’s basketball archives. Here is how this year’s UConn team compares to the six most recent UConn champions in 16 categories: Offensive rebounds per game3.22.2 Opponent effective field goal share38.0%38.8% Assist rate21.5%22.7% Steal rate16.6%11.8% Blocks per game1.53.4 Assist-to-turnover ratio3131555 Opp. rebounds per game7126425 Opp. field goal share7523416 Points per game88.183.4 Opponent 3-point share4632517 Steal rate2.6%3.5% Opp. points per game7342516 3-point share28.0%42.6% Assists per game5132467 Turnovers per game1342675 Free throw share71.3%83.6% Assists per game3.64.0 Defensive rebounding rate72.6%69.9% Assist rate63.2%64.0%✓ Source: university of connecticut Opp. turnovers per game7146235 Free throw share4153267 Turnovers per game2.01.6 3-point rate28.5%30.5%✓ 3-point share38.1%36.3% Total rebounds per game10.78.7 Effective field goal percentage59.0%55.8% 3-point rate8.8%19.9% Points per game21.119.4 Opponent average win percentage59.5%56.2% Turnover rate14.2%14.1% Offensive rebounding rate11.6%9.4% 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 11 statistics where Collier leads Stewart Defensive rebounding rate21.9%23.3% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.802.45 Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Points per game4216573 Season Free throw share80.0%73.5% Record6th1st5th1st7th1st1st Possessions per 40 minutes70.970.8 Blocks per game7321456 Opponent turnover rate25.3%19.1% Usage rate27.0%26.8% Effective field goal share63.4%62.8% Points per scoring attempt1.301.32 2018-192015-162014-152013-142012-132009-102008-09 Fouls per game1.61.4 Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Free throw rate15.9%16.0% Defensive rebounds per game7.56.6 This year’s UConn team ranks the best of the seven Huskies teams in just one category (fewest turnovers per game). It also trails the pack in several categories, most of which are on the defensive end. The 2018-19 Huskies generate the fewest steals and opponent turnovers of any UConn champion since 2009, allow the most points and the best shooting percentage, and give up the most rebounds. They are also shooting the worst percentage from the field, but they are still scoring more points per game than three of the previous six UConn champions.If you take the average in each statistical category, this year’s UConn team also ranks below average in all but two categories: turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. All together, these comparisons suggest there is some truth to the idea that this year’s UConn team isn’t as much of a juggernaut as it has been for most of the past 10 years.Where does that leave this year’s Huskies?Don’t panic, Huskies fans. None of this means the 2018-19 team cannot take home another championship. In fact, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions give UConn a 70 percent chance of making its 12th straight Final Four and a 16 percent chance of winning the championship. The latter is the third-best odds of any team left in the tournament. And UConn may have an ace up its sleeve in the form of senior Napheesa Collier. The 6-foot-1 forward was inexplicably left off the list of four finalists for the 2019 Naismith Player of the Year Award, but many of her numbers actually compare favorably to what three-time Naismith Player of the Year Breanna Stewart did in her senior year in 2015-16. Here are the stats in which Collier tops Stewart: Total rebounding rate57.9%54.6% Opponent points per game48.355.3 Offensive rebounding rate39.8%35.6% Points per scoring attempt1.231.17 This year’s Huskies aren’t quite at previous levelsHow the six recent UConn championship teams and the 2018-19 rank in selected statistics
The Ohio State men’s hockey team just keeps on rolling. OSU came into a Friday afternoon contest against No. 14-ranked Northern Michigan unbeaten in its last five games, but fell behind Wildcats, 1-0, in the first period. The Buckeyes responded with four unanswered goals over the final two periods, however, and upset Northern Michigan, 4-1. OSU Sophomore forward Alex Szczechura tied the game in the second period and a third-period tally by sophomore forward Chris Crane put OSU in front for good. Senior captain Cory Schneider scored two goals late in regulation to clinch the upset. “I thought we got better as the game went on,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said after the game. “We’re all about competing and work and goals by committee… It’s fun to coach these kids.” The Wildcats struck first, scoring on a shot from sophomore center Stephan Vigier shot at 16:07 in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Junior left winger Kory Kaunisto assisted on the tally, the only for either team in the first period. The Buckeyes came out firing in the second period. OSU took 12 second-period shots, and one found the back of the net early. Szczechura out-muscled a defender behind Northern Michigan senior goalie Reid Ellingson’s net. Szczechura then wrapped around the goal before firing a shot home from close range to tie the score at 1-1. “(We were) working hard down low and I just kind of got (the puck) and took it to the net,” Szczechura said of his goal. “Luckily for me, it just went in. Nothing special about it.” Two Wildcats penalties gave OSU a 5-on-3 advantage just minutes later, but Ellingson denied four Buckeyes’ shots and Northern Michigan held OSU off. OSU outshot Northern Michigan, 17-8, through two periods, but the 1-1 score held as the third period began. At 10:38 of the final period, Northern Michigan freshman defenseman Jake Baker received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for an open-ice hit on OSU senior Danny Dries. After having his head illegally contacted by Baker, Dries eventually returned to his feet. Moments later, the Buckeyes made the Wildcats pay on the resulting power play when Crane poked a goal passed Ellingson to put OSU up. “They took a five-minute major and we capitalized,” Crane said. “Going hard to the net — that’s our mentality as Ohio State and it worked out for us.” With just more than two minutes to play Schneider, a forward, jammed a goal passed Ellingson to clinch the upset. Schneider also added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play. Senior goalie Cal Heeter stopped 13-of-14 shots in the game to preserve the win, which improved OSU’s record to 7-3-1 overall and 4-2-1-1 in the CCHA. The Wildcats fall to 4-3-3 overall and 1-2-3-2 in the CCHA. The two teams will meet again at the Schottenstein Center Saturday with the opening face-off set for 7:05 p.m.
OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (10) catches a snap during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorAfter the 2016 spring game, then-redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow said he wasn’t ready to assume the role of backup quarterback. Now-redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins wasn’t in the mix for the job yet, having not arrived at Ohio State.On Saturday in the 2017 spring game, the two threw a combined 59 passes, completing 40 of them. Haskins was 21 for 32 with the Gray team and 5 for 5 with Scarlet. Burrow was 14 of 22 for Scarlet. Now exiting spring camp heading toward summer workouts and fall camp, whoever wins the backup quarterback job feels confident enough to be the next man up behind redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.Haskins had the most opportunities in the passing game, playing for nearly the entire game on the Gray squad after Barrett played just the first quarter. Haskins completed five passes for more than 20 yards, throwing for 283 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Burrow connected on three such passes, accumulating 262 passing yards and three touchdowns on the day.Burrow said that the game has slowed down for him quite a bit from a season ago.“I see just about everything that’s going on on defense, know the offense way better — the ins and outs, what’s going on up front,” he said.Burrow and Haskins each stood in the pocket and sprayed the ball all over the field, not being afraid to throw it deep and let the receiver make a play in the air. The effect of a Ryan Day-Kevin Wilson offense was on full display for the first time for the Buckeyes and the passing game reflected that change the most.Burrow came into the spring game as the clubhouse leader for the backup quarterback job, but after a strong performance from both the Athens, Ohio, native and Haskins, OSU coach Urban Meyer will have a decision to make come fall.“I know it is very close. But I’m not prepared to say who is (No.) 2, who is (No.) 3, et cetera, yet,” Meyer said.Meyer continued saying that all four quarterbacks — Barrett, Burrow, Haskins and freshman Tate Martell — have been exceptional during spring camp. He added Haskins and Burrow played well Saturday.In his first time playing in a game scenario, Haskins confirmed beliefs about his arm. He overthrew receivers at time, but dropped in a few long passes on target to redshirt junior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin for his three touchdowns.When asked whether or not he thought Burrow and Haskins are ready to be the quarterback on deck, Dixon emphatically said he’s confident Burrow and Haskins each can be the leader of the offense, if need be.Haskins said that he did what he sought out to do this spring and did enough to win the backup job. But until fall camp, he and Burrow will have to wait to prove they’re the right choice to be the next up after Barrett.“As far as the competition goes, we’re just going back and forth rotating twos, ones,” Haskins said. “Doing everything we need to do to get each other better.”
The borough assembly will hold a special meeting on both items at 6 p.m., on July 6. The first line-item veto would cut more than $650,000 in education funding to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. This amount was added to the budget by the assembly at its July 6th meeting when the budget was passed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor introduced two line-item veto items this afternoon, for the agenda at this evenings borough assembly meeting, aimed at cutting funding towards both the school district and the tourism and marketing industry. The mayor is now proposing cutting back to his original proposed funding amount of $100,000. Mayor Pierce: “We are not in a position to spend more money from the general fund, fund balance without assured additional revenue.” Both items failed to obtain the required 6-3 votes in order to make it on this evenings agenda, citing a lack of adequate time to inform the public. Now, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be holding a special hearing on the two items on July 6. The second line-item veto targeted by Mayor Pierce was funding towards the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council. The assembly approved to fund the organization $306,000 in the budget that was approved two weeks ago.
It was only a matter of time. John Q. Griffin, the former National Geographic president who joined Time Inc. back in December as president of the new Time Inc. News Group, is leaving the company. He becomes the latest executive hired during Jack Griffin’s five-month stint as Time Inc. CEO to depart since Griffin (no relation) was let go in February. Kim Kelleher, who was previously promoted to publisher of TIME, now takes over as worldwide publisher while Richard Evans, president of Time & Fortune International, will report to Kelleher. Randall Rothenberg, the former IAB CEO who Jack Griffin hired last December into the new Time Inc. position of chief digital officer, went back to IAB in February. Griffin [pictured] spent nine years at National Geographic before announcing his retirement last October (he also stepped down as chairman of MPA that month as well).
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, August 3, 2019:Police noted the lights are activated and the arms are stuck in the upright position at the railroad crossing at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue. Keolis responded and repaired the signals. (1:27am)A caller reported deceased turkeys in the roadway on Main Street. (11:14am)Two vehicles parked in the back parking lot of Target took off when an officer approached. The plate on the Honda Accord came back as belonging to an SUV. Police checked area but were unable to locate vehicles. (5:19pm)A walk-in party reported a hit & run in the Tremezzo parking lot while she was inside the restaurant. Unknown party left a note on her vehicle with suspect vehicle’s information. Police made contact with other driver. She admitted she tapped the vehicle but did not observe any damage. Police observed minor damage to the front bumper and assisted with paperwork exchange. (7:46pm)Patrick Bussey (21, Methuen) was issued a summons for resisting arrest. Police noticed Bussey pushing two bicycles on Main Street. He had a warrant out on him. He took off on foot. Billerica and Tewksbury Police notified. State Police sent a trooper in the area to assist. (11:24pm)Police received a report of a right in the RMA Fitness parking lot. Police responded. No fight. Two males and two females were in the lot running around and joking. (11:53pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”
The United Kingdom charged the British subsidiary of French transport engineering company, Alstom Network UK Ltd, for a €3 million bribery to secure contracts from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.Alstom has been charged by UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) under section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, and under section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.While placing charges against certain directors of Alstom, SFO said that during the period of 1 August 2000 to 9 August 2006, they “did corruptly give or agree to give payments to an official or officials or other agents” of the DMRC to get contracts.To secure the contract of Train Control, Signalling and Telecommunications System for Delhi Metro Phase 1, Alstom bribed DMRC in parts. The SFO said these payments were “rewards for showing favour to the Alstom Group in relation to the award or performance,” Hindustan Times reported.”The sum of ₹1,98,95,000 disguised as payments in respect of a Consultancy Agreement with Indo European Ventures Pvt Ltd dated 12 September 2001 and the sum of €3,131,600 disguised as a payment in respect of a Consultancy Agreement with Global King Technology Ltd dated 3 May 2002,” the SFO cited examples of payments made as “favour.”The Urban Development Ministry has, however, denied having any knowledge about the charges placed against Alstom in connection with the alleged scam.”We are not aware of the charges levelled by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office against Alstom for bribing Delhi Metro to win contracts. Nothing has been communicated to us so far. We will take a view once we get something in writing from either the home ministry or the CBI,” a senior urban development ministry official told HT.Four years ago, the SFO had arrested three UK board members of Alstom over alleged bribery, money laundering and false accounting, according to Reuters. The company is also facing similar charges in Poland and Tunisia for tram and infrastructure deals.
A 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.
A 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested.Last month her parents asked the country’s top court to allow her to have a late-term abortion but the request was turned down.Indian law does not allow medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to either the life of the mother or her child.“She gave birth through C-section today (Thursday). Both the girl and her baby are doing fine,” doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.“The surgery was uneventful. There were no complications whatsoever. The baby weighed 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) and is in the neonatal ICU for now.”The Press Trust of India news agency said the girl was unaware that she had delivered a child and the parents had decided to put the baby up for adoption.Her parents have told her that she had a stone in her stomach and had undergone surgery to remove it, PTI said.India has a grim record of sexual assaults on minors with 20,000 cases of rape or sexual assaults reported in 2015, according to government data.
Relatives of two-year-old Julen Rosello, whose body was just found, are seen in Totalan, southern Spain, on 26 January 2019. Spanish authorities said early Saturday that rescuers had found the dead body of a 2-year-old boy who fell into a deep well 13 days ago. Photo: AFPRescuers on Saturday found the body of a two-year-old boy who fell in a well on 13 January in southern Spain after an unprecedented rescue operation fraught with glitches which had kept the country on tenterhooks.Hundreds of people had been working round-the-clock under the media glare to try to reach Julen Rosello, who fell down a narrow shaft which is more than 100 metres (330 feet) deep while his parents prepared a lunch in Totalan, a southern town near Malaga.”Unfortunately at 1:25am the rescue team reached the spot where they were looking for Julen and found the lifeless body of the little one,” the central government’s representative in the southwestern region of Andalusia, Alfonso Rodriguez Gomez de Celis, wrote on Twitter.”My condolences to the family. RIP,” he added.A hearse arrived at the site shortly after the news broke that Julen’s body had been found.There had been no sign of life from the boy but rescuers believed they knew where he was inside the illegal well.The only evidence of the boy’s presence were some strands of hair that matched his DNA and a bag of candy that he had been holding when he fell into the well.”All of Spain feels the infinite sadness of Julen’s family. We have followed closely every step to reach him,” prime minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter.”We will always appreciate the tireless effort of those who searched for him during all these days.”Complicated rescueThe complex rescue operation has been fraught with complications that have caused delay upon delay as Julen’s distraught parents and relatives stood by.Rescuers were been able to get to Julen via the well he fell down because it was blocked by a layer of earth, sand and stones believed to have been dislodged when he tumbled into the shaft.They decided to dig a vertical shaft parallel to the well, 60 metres deep, which was finished late on Monday.The idea was to secure the shaft with tubes then take elite miners down in a specially made cage to start digging a horizontal tunnel to the site where they believe the child was.But the tubes designed to secure the shaft did not fit, so they had to widen it, which delayed the operation still further.Eventually, they succeeded and expert miners on Thursday began painstakingly digging a four-metre tunnel to join both channels and hopefully reach Julen with the help of four small, controlled explosions.The miners worked in teams of two and were equipped with oxygen tanks.Each small explosion took about two hours, which slowed down the rescue attempt.Two miners had to first go down the shaft and bore a few holes. They were then followed by two specialised officers who set up the explosives.Once they returned above ground, the explosives were detonated and then the rescue team had to wait half an hour to clear the shaft of polluted air.Despite the passage of time, the boy’s relatives held out hope that he had somehow survived the fall and would be found alive.His great-aunt Elena told private television Telecinco on Friday that “sometimes I fall apart because many days have passed and my boy is in a well, and we don’t know if he is alive or dead. I believe he is alive.”Julen’s parents lost another child, Oliver, aged three, in 2017. The child had cardiac problems.The well was unmarked at the time of the accident and regional authorities in Andalusia said the necessary permission had not been sought before it was dug.
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo by Katie Haugland. CC license.Rice UniversityWhen it comes to college, students and their parents are focused more and more on the price and which schools offer the best return on their investment.To help guide them, Money Magazine has released its annual “Best Colleges for your Money” list. Texas colleges have some deals to offer students: Five schools in the state ranked in the top 100 of the country.“Considering the number of schools in states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, Texas is doing very well,” said Kim Clark, who writes for Money Magazine.The college that gives you the best bang for your buck in Texas is also one of the best deals in the country. Rice University came in No. 4 in the national ranking and No. 1 in Texas.“Rice University, amazing school — if you can get in, you should go,” Clark said.She said that one thing that’s amazing about Rice is their generous financial aid, especially for low-income students.“If you come from a family earning maybe $50,000, you’ll get something pretty close to a full ride. The second thing is that the Rice graduates do very well on the job market. Of all the schools in Texas, they earn the highest salary,” she explained.Clark said that laser focus on finances makes this study different than other college rankings. It uses new federal data on how much students who receive financial aid earn after graduation and how they handle their college-related debt.It also factors how easy it is to get into a good school. That’s why Texas A&M University ranked as the second best deal in the state and No. 13 nationally.“They accept about two-thirds of the students who apply, so that’s a pretty good chance of getting in, right?” Clark said.She said that on average Aggies earn more than their peers from the University of Texas at Austin. UT-Austin came in as the third best value in Texas and number 50 in the country.Here’s a full list of how Texas schools ranked nationally in the “Best Colleges for your Money.”Rice University, No. 4 Texas A & M University-College Station, No. 13 The University of Texas at Austin, No. 50 St. Mary’s University, No. 52 The University of Texas at Dallas, No. 91 Trinity University, No. 163 Southwestern University, No. 195 Texas Tech University, No. 209 University of Dallas, No. 248 University of Houston, No. 257 Austin College, No. 350 Sam Houston State University, No. 413 Texas State University, No. 441 Southern Methodist University, No. 452 Saint Edward’s University, No. 472 Texas A & M University-Commerce, No. 477 Texas Christian University, No. 500 University of North Texas, No. 555 Baylor University, No. 565 X 00:00 /01:30 Listen
By Rhodesia Muhammad and Bryan 3X Crawford, Contributing Writers@TheFinalCall“Ya basta!” Estela Reyes-Lopez pleaded, which means “enough” in English.“Twenty lives were taken from us because of some young man filled with so much hate, so much ignorance, so much hostility toward people he doesn’t even know,” said Ms. Lopez, the media and public information officer for Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe, the center for faith and family health, a non-profit social justice organization based in El Paso.It was a hail of bullets that sent families who were back to school shopping, screaming and running for their lives, when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, around 10 a.m. Aug. 3, killing at least 22 people and wounding more than two dozen.According to authorities, Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old White male identified as the shooter, drove nearly 10 hours from his hometown of Allen, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas, to carry out an act of domestic terrorism and a hate crime against the Hispanic community. Mr. Crusius surrendered to police shortly after his reign of terror, leaving many baffled as to why he didn’t take his own life like many mass shooting suspects.A manifesto apparently posted on social media by Mr. Crusius outlined his intentions and his racist and anti-immigration views, said authorities. Perhaps he surrendered that he wanted to be heard.It was a hail of bullets that sent families who were back to school shopping, screaming and running for their lives, when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, around 10 a.m. Aug. 3, killing at least 22 people and wounding more than two dozen. An American flag dons a memorial for the shooting victims in El Paso, Texas. (Photo: MGN Online)Just 12 hours later, another gunman opened fire in a crowded bar in Dayton, Ohio, early Sunday morning, on Aug. 4. Connor Betts, 24, killed nine people, including his own 22-year-old sister, in less than a minute, authorities reported. Thirty-one other people were reported injured. The suspect was eventually shot and killed by police. Authorities are saying the two shootings are not linked.During an Aug. 5 press conference, President Trump said the nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and White supremacy. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated,” he added. “Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the shootings were clearly, at least in part, a result of Mr. Trump’s divisive, racist rhetoric and condemned the president’s proposed legislative fix for strong background checks for gun users and tougher immigration laws. Many questioned why Mr. Trump connected the two issues, especially since the shooting suspects are U.S. citizens.Many social media users’ disdain for the U.S. government, including the president for hesitancy and refusal to call these mass shootings what they really are hate crimes and domestic terror.Patrick Crusius, the 21-year-old White male identified as the shooter, drove nearly 10 hours from his hometown of Allen, Texas, about 30 miles north of Dallas.Student Minister Abel Muhammad, Latino representative of the Nation of Islam, said, “President Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened and lit fire to many extremist groups. There is a hesitancy and a slowness in labeling this in what seems to be apparent to every one of us. So many of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters are being killed for far less. Yet, somehow these extremists who take the life of our people somehow always makes it safely to be arrested without incidence. But our people unarmed can’t seem to make it out of a traffic stop.”“It’s absolutely a sign of the times as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has been warning the American people for years now, that the injustices within the country create an imbalance and if not addressed the results of ignoring and not trying to create a remedy would be acted out in acts of violence. We see that coming into existence more and more as the times are getting darker,” Student Minister Muhammad said.“After a tragedy like this, there is a time to be sad and there’s a time to mourn. But this situation that we are living right now in our community, this has been building for a long time,” said Ms. Reyes-Lopez, who shops at that same El Paso Walmart with her family. “These clouds have been circling. This thunder has been building and this lightening have struck. And we’re very angry about it. Many of the people I’ve spoken to in the last 24 hours have told me, friends, activists, people that have had their feet on the ground for a long time, said, we are talking about voting, we’re talking about legislation, and gun control.”These mass shootings are happening more often. On February 14, 2018, 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida. On May 18, 2018, 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. On November 5, 2017, 25 people were killed at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On October 1, 2017, 58 people were killed when a mass shooter opened fire from a hotel room at the Harvest Music Festival, at a Las Vegas strip in Nevada. On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.Connor Betts, 24, killed nine people, including his own 22-year-old sister, in less than a minute, authorities reported.On June 17, 2015, 9 people were killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Dr. Abdul Haleem Muhammad, southwest regional student minister of the Nation of Islam in Houston said, God loved us so much, he set up a military structure and security apparatus for his servants, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Minister Farrakhan, and the Nation of Islam in anticipation of the current dark days. “If we love our people as much as Allah (God) loves us, we will be found teaching and training our people to make our neighborhoods and institutions safe places to live, work, play, learn, and pray. Offering thoughts and prayers or finger pointing is not sufficient today,” Dr. Haleem Muhammad stressed. “Love is a verb. We must show and prove the unequaled wisdom Allah has taught us through his Christ and Messiah.”Student Minister Abel Muhammad agreed that this is not the time for finger pointing. “This is what has angered me, the response has been politicized, where Democrats are pointing at Republicans now trying to win the Latino votes by saying, ‘oh look what they’ve done, they’ve allowed this to happen because of their gun laws’ when for eight years the Democrats had charge of the Congress and the presidential office and they were not able to fix anything in terms of immigration or in terms of those things which ill-affect our people.”Dee Woo, operations manager of KTEP FM, El Paso, a public radio station, commended the residents of El Paso for being a strong community that bands together in times of need. She believes parents are the root of the hatred that leads to mass shootings. “Parents need to stop teaching racism and hatred at home. And, they need to address it with their children as early as two and three years old, because as we’ve seen, children will play with other children because they want to play with other children and for no other reason but to have fun. And it doesn’t matter who it is or the color of their skin. So, stop teaching the children racism and prejudice and instead start teaching them universal love, which is respect for one another and being able to help one another,” she told The Final Call.Others say separation is the only solution. That there are already two Americas, one White and one non-White.Jay Hernandez, a resident of El Paso, noted, “Some in the Latino community in El Paso may have been injured but didn’t seek treatment because of their lack of citizenship and I think that’s hurtful and disgraceful. This is America, yet we don’t have the freedom to shop for school supplies for our children.”“I think it’s a wakeup call,” added Student Minister Abel Muhammad. “I hope ultimately, the only good that can come of this is that perhaps our people will awaken to the fact that these people do not see us as their brothers, they do not see us as their equals. They have no desire for truth, or fairness, or equity or justice with us if they’re not in a position of superiority, not based on truth or goodness, but simply on their Whiteness and we as subordinate and subservient to them. They don’t even want us alive in their presence. Hopefully, as harsh as that may be, I think it’s waking up people to understand and to look at what is it that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan are offering, which is the best and only solution, separation from these people.”There has been an average of one mass shooting every 12 days in 2019, with the total so far being 18.All told, as many as 102 people have been killed this year in mass shootings, with many of them being committed by White men; all of whom adhere to and embrace the ideology of White nationalism.Compounding the issue is the reluctance to paint these men as what they are: domestic terrorists.The emergence of Donald Trump on the political scene in America has brought feelings of White pride mixed with concern about Whites acting out in public spaces every day. Videos capture White men and women berating, harassing, insulting and even calling the police on Blacks and other non-White people. Social media is flooded with clips showing the differences in the way law enforcement treats White perpetrators of crime, versus treatment of non-White people who don’t have to be committing a crime to be forcibly attacked—or even killed at the hands of police officers.All of this could, and should, be very easily categorized as acts of terrorism. But in a society where the thought appears to be only Muslims can be terrorists, White domestic terrorism gets softened to “mental illness.”“No one is safe. And the days of thinking something like this can never happen to me are pretty much over,” political commentator and activist Mark Thompson, told The Final Call. “[White people’s] fear of genetic annihilation, as Dr. Frances Cress Welsing described it, is enabled by Donald Trump. He can dismiss these mass shootings as mental illness. But White supremacy is a mental illness. To believe that you are a superior race that is supposed to be separate and distinct above every other race, is a form of mental illness.”“In America, the dangerous are seen as endangered,” Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, wrote in an op-ed for The Atlantic. “Leaders treat white-nationalist terror, not as a broad social ill, but as a fringe problem that will become extinct on its own. To portray white terrorism as an outlier is to ignore America’s entire racial history, not to mention its present.”Technology and media are part of the phenomenon with White terrorists able to amplify their views through mainstream and social media. And on these platforms, the idea that only Black and Brown people are dangerous can spread like wildfire.An FBI bulletin disseminated through the agency’s office in Phoenix, Arizona, found conspiracy theories, like people from South America are invading the United States, can contribute to domestic terrorist threats.“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the memo read in part.“White folks are upholding a slavery amendment—the 2nd Amendment—that was meant to use violence to keep Black and Brown folks in check. But the 2nd Amendment is now being used in the killing of White folks themselves,” Mr. Thompson explained, adding, “Firearms are an instrument of White supremacy and the enforcement of racist oppression.”In May, testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, that there are more than 850 open cases of domestic terrorism in the United States; 40 percent of them have involved racially motivated violence. However, there is no law on the books in America against domestic terrorism. Perpetrators of these crimes, who are labeled as homegrown terrorists, are often prosecuted using other statutes. This makes it extremely difficult to even prosecute someone as a domestic terrorist in this country.Thus, charges can be left to the whims of prosecutors dealing with those who commit acts of extreme violence.After the most recent tragedies, the possibility of making mass shootings, which authorities describe as shootings with four or more victims, capital crimes was raised.
Popular on Variety RTL tool full control of Divimove in 2018. Last year it folded the UFA X digital storytelling business into Divimove and upped Tobias Schiwek to CEO of the combined entity.Schiwek will continue at the helm of Divimove and will lead the integration process with United Screens and RTL MCN. Natalie Tideström Heidmark will continue as CEO of United Screens, reporting to Schiwek.“We have now defined a new structure and strategy to convert the rapid growth in short-form video consumption into a profitable business,” said RTL Group CEO Thomas Rabe. “We are bundling our strengths into one company with a hands-on management team; we are investing in talent, creativity and technology; and we are bringing the cooperation within our group to the next level.”Rabe added that Divimove will work closely with the BMG music business, which is owned by RTL parent group Bertelsmann. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Media giant RTL is bringing its digital businesses together and said it expects the combined entity to more than double revenues to €100 million ($112.7 million) by 2022.The pan-European broadcast and media group is bringing together its digital video business in the Nordics, United Screens; its German-based counterpart, Divimove; and Dutch online channels business RTL MCN.The move comes as RTL looks to aggressively grow its digital businesses, adding to the income from third-party platforms such as YouTube. Divimove will be the overarching brand for the digital operation, with the other units continuing to use their brands locally for the time being.RTL said the ambitious revenue target will be driven by planned investment in the newly combined unit. The company’s top brass has approved a growth plan to significantly expand digital, notably in the areas of talent management, production of short-form video, and ad sales and data.
We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.orgThere were delays on two major North Staffordshire roads due to accidents this rush hour. One lane was closed on the flyover on the A53 following an accident in Etruria, traffic data company INRIX reported. Three cars are involved in the accident, which has taken place on the A53 Northbound near A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout). This was affecting traffic between Cobridge and Etruria – but is reported to have reopened at around 6.30pm. Two vehicles also crashed on the A519 Clayton Road, resulting in delays in that area. One of the cars is reported to have hit a lamppost following the accident – which was cleared shortly before 7pm. Emergency services were called to both accidents although no one is believed to have been seriously hurt in either. Both accidents are believed to have taken place shortly after 5pm. Read MoreGas cannisters stolen from two Staffordshire hospitals There were also delays due to a to multi-vehicle accident on the A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) – although this has also now cleared. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsSUMMARY: What’s going on and where?18:0718:59All accidents now clearedAll three accidents are now clear.18:59Accident cleared in ClaytonThe accident on the A519 has now cleared. 18:34A53 reopens The A53 has now fully reopened and delays are clearing in Etruria, according to traffic data company INRIX. 18:22Video from the scene of the Clayton accidentOur photographer has sent this video of the scene on the A519 in Clayton.18:17Accident cleared on the A500 in CheshireTraffic easing and road cleared, multi-vehicle accident cleared on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout.18:13Vehicles awaiting recovery on A53Inrix reports the vehicles on the A53 are now awaiting recovery.18:07KEY EVENTSUMMARY: What’s going on and where?A500:Queueing traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)A53:Slow traffic and one lane closed due to accident, three cars involved on A53 Northbound near A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout).Affecting traffic between Cobridge and Etruria. (Image: Inrix)A519/Clayton Road:Slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A519 Clayton Road Southbound near Clayton Lane.Vehicles are currently awaiting recovery. (Image: Inrix)18:05Latest on the accident on the A500 at Radway GreenQueueing traffic and partially blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on A500 Westbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).Leading up to the M6. Accident is reported to be on the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)18:03Accident on A53A Sentinel reader has sent us this image of police at the scene of the accident on the A53.The accident on the A53 (Image: Sentinel reader)17:56Image from the sceneOur photographer has just sent this scene from the accident in ClaytonTwo vehicles have crashed on the A519 in Clayton (Image: Sentinel)17:52Location of accident on A519 (Image: Inrix)17:52Further information from INRIXSlow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A519 Clayton Road Southbound near Clayton Lane.Vehicles are currently awaiting recovery.17:50Sentinel photographer at scene of accident in ClaytonOur photographer is at the scene of the accident near the junction of the A500/A519 Clayton Road and reports two vehicles are involved.Police, paramedics and firefighters are all at the scene.17:43Further information on accident on A500Slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident on A500 D Road Westbound near M6 J15 / A519 Newcastle Road.A car has collided with a lamp post. 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PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township (right) was joined today by her guest, Macomb County resident Kathy Vosburg, for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address at the Michigan Capitol. Mrs. Vosburg is a Chesterfield Township trustee and a former chair of the Macomb County Commission. 23Jan Rep. Hornberger hosts Chesterfield Township trustee for State of the State Categories: Hornberger News,News
Belgian operator Belgacom has re-added German channels ARD (Das Erste) and ZDF to its TV platform after reaching a new agreement with the public broadcasters.Belgacom controversially dropped the channels last year after failing to agree licensing terms with ARD and ZDF.At the time the channels accused Belgacom of not compromising, despite ARD and ZDF making “far-reaching concessions”, with Belgacom apparently asking for a two-year pay freeze for the resupply of the channels.However, reports from last year claimed that Belgacom had offered to pay €500,000 per year-for the channels, but had the sum turned down by the German broadcasters.Financial terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.