Vermaelen backs Luis Enrique for Premier League job

first_imgThomas Vermaelen Chelsea-linked Luis Enrique backed for Premier League job by Vermaelen Jamie Smith 04:44 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Enrique Getty Images Barcelona Arsène Wenger Real Betis v Barcelona Primera División Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Arsenal Premier League The former Barcelona boss has been touted as a target to replace Antonio Conte, and the Belgian defender believes he would be a success in England Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the club’s former coach Luis Enrique could be a big success in the Premier League.Luis Enrique, on sabbatical after leaving Barca at the end of last season, has been linked with replacing the under-pressure Antonio Conte at Chelsea.The 47-year-old won three Copa del Rey titles and La Liga twice during his time in charge at Camp Nou, as well as leading Barcelona to the Champions League crown in 2014-15. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Vermaelen was a bit-part player at Barca under Luis Enrique but remains full of praise for his old boss.”I think it’s similar to what you’re seeing with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City,” the centre-back told the Guardian.”You bring a bit of the Spanish influence into English football and it might take time but it can work very well.”I had a very good relationship with Luis Enrique. The way he talks to players is very good. He knows how to make a player feel right.”If you asked me about the best managers I’ve worked with, I would always include him. Now I’m getting the chance to play more but I’m not going to say that because I was playing less with Luis Enrique he was a bad coach.”Before joining Barca, Vermaelen spent five years at Arsenal, helping the club to win the FA Cup in 2014.And the Belgium defender believes Arsene Wenger remains the right man for the job at the Emirates Stadium, despite the Gunners sitting sixth in the Premier League.”It’s sad to see them struggling. Arsenal is such a beautiful club; I think a lot of people in England like Arsenal: they have a beautiful stadium and just thinking about how well they played the game,” Vermaelen added.”I’m sure if they knew the reason, they’d do something about it. I always say: ‘Be careful what you wish for’. I don’t know what’s going on now but the club still has that capacity to be a club fighting for the title again.”Sacking the manager is not always the solution. What Mr Wenger has done for the club is amazing. I think he is still the man to go forward. He has the experience and he is a man of the club.”last_img read more

Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Rs 3 crore prize money for victorious Vidarbha

first_imgRanji Trophy 2018-19: Rs 3 crore prize money for victorious VidarbhaVidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final, proving that their maiden triumph last year was no “fluke”.advertisement Press Trust of India NagpurFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 19:19 IST Vidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the Ranji Trophy title (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVidarbha clinched a 78-run win over Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy final on ThursdayVidarbha is only the sixth team in Ranji Trophy history to have defended the titleThe Vidarbha Cricket Association said it will arrange a felicitation ceremony for the Faiz Fazal-led victorious teamThe Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Thursday announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore for its victorious Ranji Trophy squad, which defended the title by defeating Saurashtra in the final on Thursday.Vidarbha lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final, proving that their maiden triumph last year was no “fluke”.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gives Rs 2 crore (as prize money) and we (VCA) will be giving Rs 3 crore additionally (to the team). So, the total purse will be Rs 5 crore,” VCA President Anand Jaiswal told PTI over phone from Nagpur.Congratulations to Vidarbha for winning the #RanjiTrophy 2nd year in a row and going undefeated in the past 2 seasons. A special performance by Aditya Sarwate. #VIDvSAU Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2019Jaiswal also said that the association has “postponed” the event to celebrate the Ranji Trophy success, due to the Irani Trophy game, that will be played in the city from February 12.”We will fix a date for a felicitation ceremony and the prize money will be given to the players during the event,” the VCA chief stated.Vidarbha is only the sixth team in the tournament’s long history to have defended the title. Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Delhi are the other teams who have managed to win consecutive titles.Also Read | Ranji Trophy: Ageless Wasim Jaffer completes Perfect 10 after Vidarbha lifelineAlso Read | Aditya Sarwate catches Sachin Tendulkar’s eye as Vidarbha retain Ranji Trophy titleAlso Read | People did not know where Vidarbha was but it won’t be so after Ranji triumph: Umesh YadavAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow VidarbhaFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy prize moneyFollow Faiz Fazallast_img read more

Patching Potholes Proactively Prevents Possible Problems

first_imgKnowing that the annual spring challenge of highway potholes is rapidly approaching the province is once again responding with its pothole hotline. “When you’re responsible for 23,000 kilometres of roads patching potholes is a big job,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We set up the line so the public can help us keep them under control.” The public can point out problem potholes by calling toll-free, 1-888-432-3233. That number connects callers to the nearest Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base. For 100 series highways and trunk roads, potholes deeper than 100 millimetres (4 inches) are marked with a sign as soon as staff becomes aware of them and repaired within seven days. For roads with lower traffic volumes, potholes must be signed within 24 hours and repaired within 21 days. Potholes that pose a significant and immediate danger are repaired as soon as department staff is aware of them. At this time of year, potholes are repaired with a temporary patch called cold mix. In the summer months, longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt is used, but it isn’t usually available until late May.last_img read more

GST officers prodding businesses to deposit taxes by March 31 to meet

first_imgNew Delhi: Racing against time to meet the GST collection target for 2018-19, tax officers have been prodding businesses to pay taxes by Sunday so that the amount gets reflected in the GST revenue collection data for March to be released on April 1 (Monday), a government official said. Since taxes collected by non-EDI (electronic data exchange) ports takes about four-five days to get reflected in the system, the government is planning to come out with a reconciled data for full fiscal by April 10, the official further added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The tax officers are putting to use their goodwill with the assessees and nudging them to pay the taxes by March end, the last month of the fiscal, to make up for the collection target for 2018-19,”‘ the official told PTI. The official said officers were also prodding some importers to front-load their integrated GST (IGST) payments in March for those inward shipments for which orders have already paid and are due to delivered in next couple of months. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This practice of prodding assessees to pay taxes by March end to meet the fiscal target was also prevalent during the erstwhile excise and service tax regime. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said taxpayers in the erstwhile regime were hard-pressed at the close of the financial year to pay taxes over and above the actual tax liability. This was done to balance the revenue targets allocated to each individual division. GST would loose its lustre if tax officers continue to use methods of persuasive coercion, Mohan said. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs had directed its field formations to remain open during the last weekend of the current financial year, which is March 30 and March 31, 2019, for assisting the taxpayers in filing returns and paying taxes. The government had lowered the GST collection target for 2018-19 fiscal to Rs 11.47 lakh crore in the revised estimates, from Rs 13.71 lakh crore budgeted initially. GST collection stood at Rs 1.03 lakh crore in April, Rs 94,016 crore in May, Rs 95,610 crore in June, Rs 96,483 crore in July, Rs 93,960 crore in August, Rs 94,442 crore in September, Rs 1,00,710 crore in October, Rs 97,637 crore in November, Rs 94,725 crore in December 2018, Rs 1.02 lakh crore in January 2019 and Rs 97,247 crore in February 2019. For fiscal 2019-20, the GST collection target has been budgeted at Rs 13.71 lakh crore.last_img read more

UN seeks explanation on Yemens denial of entry to Eritrean Ethiopian refugees

21 October 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced that it is seeking an explanation from the Yemeni Government on recent statements that Eritreans and Ethiopians will be denied access to the Middle East country. The Interior Ministry’s comments coincide with the resumption of smuggling of people from the Horn of Africa – mostly Somalis, but also Ethiopians, Eritreans and others – across the Gulf of Aden.Until now, Yemen, which has signed the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, has allowed non-Somalis to seek asylum in Yemen if they wished.“While recognizing the generosity already shown by Yemen to refugees and asylum seekers, we are seeking clarification from the Government on any changes in policy,” said UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond.In the past two weeks, nearly 90 Ethiopians – including 10 women and two children – in four different groups reported sought asylum and were detained.“UNHCR has not had access to them, but we have received government assurances of access,” Mr. Redmond told reporters in Geneva.Yesterday, 25 Ethiopians were taken by authorities to UNHCR’s reception centre at Ahwar.In the meantime, the number of people smuggled from the Horn of Africa to Yemen continues to grow, with nearly 40,000 having arrived on Yemen’s shores so far this year, with over 600 people have lost their lives making the perilous journey crossing the Gulf of Aden.This month alone, there have been more than 3,700 arrivals and almost 100 people reported dead or missing.In 2007, almost 23,000 people arrived from the Horn of Africa, while 900 people died trying to cross to Yemen. read more

Afghanistan UN rights expert deplores reported public execution by Taliban

“The return to the practice of making a public spectacle of the execution harks back to the worst excesses of the old regime,” the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, said in a statement. “The administration of justice is a function that clearly belongs to the State of Afghanistan. It is entirely unacceptable for a non-state entity, such as the Taliban, to exercise a state function by trying and punishing an alleged criminal,” he added. After years of conflict, the people of Afghanistan need an effective, just, and transparent system of criminal justice that reflects its democratically elected institutions and Mr. Despouy supports the international community and the Afghan people in their efforts to build a law abiding society, the statement concluded. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity, who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council. read more

Flights resume at London City Airport after WWII bomb removed

first_img Feb 13th 2018, 7:24 AM A Royal Navy diver assisting in the operation yesterday. Image: Met Police Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 7:24 AM By Sean Murray 4 Comments A Royal Navy diver assisting in the operation yesterday. Image: Met Policecenter_img Flights resume at London City Airport after WWII bomb removed Up to 16,000 passengers were affected by yesterday’s closure. 11,059 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share14 Tweet Email FLIGHTS ARE RUNNING as normal to and from London City Airport this morning, following the removal of a World War II bomb found at nearby King George V dock on Sunday evening.The Met Police began the process of transporting the ordnance to a secure location at midnight. This came after it was initially moved at 6pm yesterday to a “secondary location” at the dock.Bridges were closed to traffic as police worked with the Royal Navy to transport the device – which was confirmed to be a 500kg tapered-end shell around 1.5m long.Jonny Campbell, the naval officer in charge of the bomb disposal divers, said the ordnance would be towed along the river after being removed from the sea bed.“We will then attach high-grade military explosives before carrying out a controlled explosion,” he added.The operation saw the evacuation of up to 500 residents who were allowed to their homes yesterday evening. The Newham Council local authority established a rest centre and asked residents to stay with family or friends if possible.London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair announced last night that flights would resume as normal today.He said: “”To everyone who has been affected – whether you were due to fly on Monday, were evacuated from your home or had your commute to work disrupted by the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) closure – thank you for your patience and understanding.”City Airport operates short-haul flights and is located in east London, close to the Canary Wharf business district.Yesterday’s shutdown affected up to 16,000 passengers who were due to fly from London’s fifth-biggest airport, although some airlines switched their flights to the city’s other hubs.With reporting from AFPRead: All flights in and out of London City Airport cancelled after discovery of World War II bomb nearbyRead: Two women arrested after Revenue seizes 46,000 cigarettes and €44,000 cashlast_img read more

Free the weed Worldwide demos call for legalisation of cannabis

first_img Short URL 14,835 Views Undercover #420 operations are in place. Discreet traps have been set up throughout the city today. #Happy420— Wyoming (MN) Police (@wyomingpd) April 20, 2017 Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieSEVERAL DOZEN PROTESTERS turned up at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin City Centre today, as part of international protests calling for the legalisation of cannabis.Called 4/20, this day often sees protests, particularly in the US, with demonstrators calling for expanded access to the drug.Those in attendance at the Garden of Remembrance lit up at 4.20pm, similar to those in other parts of the world.The code 4/20 is most often used in North America, attributed to a group of young pot-lovers in the 1970s who met up at 4.20 pm.In Dublin, some protesters marched on towards the Dáil as part of their calls to “end the shame” around the use of cannabis in Ireland, as well as calling for expanded access to the drug medicinally. Source: Sam BoalThe Dublin Cannabis Club created the event on its Facebook page, saying that they needed “this event to break the stereotypical image of cannabis users”. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieAround the worldIn Israel, hundreds gathered on a hill overlooking the parliament building in Jerusalem and, like their Irish counterparts, began smoking cannabis at 4.20pm.One attendee said: “Once a year we celebrate cannabis day. We forget all our troubles, gather here — all the brothers who smoke — and we bond”.There were also 4/20 protests planned across North America in cities such as Denver, Washington and Vancouver.The event is quite a big deal in the Canadian city of Vancouver, with Sunset Beach the new venue after too many people turned up at the Vancouver Art Gallery last year.As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend, according to CBC, with entertainment coming from the Wu-Tang Clan, among others.Canada recently became only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to announce the legalisation of cannabis, which will come into effect next year.Some of the celebrations in the US are bigger than others; Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park typically draws thousands. In Seattle, the organisers of the annual Hempfest event are anticipating about 250 people at a private party. Crowds in the Garden of Remembrance today Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieSome shops where marijuana is legal to purchase in the US were offering discounts or hosting block parties.While cannabis is legal in many states in the US, it remains illegal under federal law.Demonstrators in the US hope to continue lobbying the government to make cannabis legal on a federal level.Meanwhile, in the state of Wyoming, police sent out a mischievous tweet warning that they were going deep undercover to trap cannabis smokers today. By Sean Murray 58 Comments ‘Free the weed’: Worldwide demos call for legalisation of cannabis Originating in the US, 4/20 is a date when cannabis advocates unite to light one up together. center_img Source: Wyoming, MN Police/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article With reporting from the Associated Press and AFPRead: A drug with ‘zombie-like’ effects is causing huge problems in Manchester. So what is it?Read: How ready are you for the new Garda roadside tests? Apr 20th 2017, 7:22 PM Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 7:22 PM Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

SFR Red forfait dentrée de gamme en baisse et débit en hausse

first_imgSFR Red : forfait d’entrée de gamme en baisse et débit en hausseSFR a procédé à une mini refonte de son offre Red, ou plutôt série Red pour être exact, avec une nouvelle offre située au-dessous des dix euros, et une optimisation de la vitesse de ses forfaits low cost.SFR progresse dans sa lutte avec Free Mobile…Sans pourtant l’atteindre ! Face au trublion de la téléphonie mobile et à son forfait à 2 euros, l’opérateur lance une nouvelle offre à 5 euros par mois, mais ici encore, attention au dépassement de forfait !Cette nouvelle proposition donne accès à 100 SMS et 100 minutes de communication. La minute hors forfait coûtera 0,38 euro, et le SMS 0,10 euros par message, en semaine entre 22 et 8 heures, et 0,15 euro pour le reste du temps.En ce qui concerne l’utilisation de données, l’offre fait dans la simplicité : il n’y en a pas. Pas la peine donc de se munir d’un smartphone avec messagerie instantanée et discussion sur réseau sociaux pour s’adapter à ce forfait ! À lire aussiExpérimentation à Saint-Étienne : La 4G s’embrouille avec la TNT ? Mais cette nouvelle offre d’entrée de gamme n’est pas la seule nouveauté chez SFR Red. L’opérateur a également relevé le débit de ses autres produits low-cost, les faisant passer de 7,2 à 14,4 Mbps. Un avancée peu significative à l’heure de la 3G et de la 4G LTE, mais qui donneront plus de confort aux utilisateurs ayant opté pour Red, assurément.Le 22 novembre 2012 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Im the MLS Zlatan Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe Swedish footballer criticized the work of the referee after the match between LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.LA Galaxy defeated Houston Dynamo 2-1 in Saturday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) action in the United States. The team is now in second place of the Western Conference with 18 points, four behind leaders LAFC.But even after getting the three points, Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not happy, criticizing the referee’s work.“We talked about it last time. The referee can commit an error on the field but whoever is above or wherever it is, looking at the replay, he can’t,” he was quoted by Calcio Mercato.“They showed it even while we were looking and the foul was clearly out of the area and therefore not a penalty.”“I don’t want to complain too much but I think the referee was drinking coffee while what happened was happening and he didn’t see the match. The referee didn’t even go to see it,” he explained.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I don’t know if it’s a matter of ego. I don’t want to bee to critical and I don’t want to exaggerate or something like that because the MLS could punish me but I’m the MLS so I’m not worried.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the LA Galaxy last season, after spending two years with English Premier League side Manchester United.With the Californian team he has played 32 matches, scoring 29 goals, the same number of goals he managed to score in the Premier League with United in 53 games.Amazing Support from the @LAGalaxy fans. Thank you— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) April 22, 2019last_img read more

4 hospitalized after street racing car collides with minivan in Davie

first_imgThis unrecognizable Mercedes was racing on #Davie Rd according to witnesses. Multiple serious injuries, including children. #DaviePolice Officials did not specify whether or not the driver of the Mercedes was transported.Pieces of vehicle lined the road as investigators worked the crash.One of Del Pozzo’s co-workers stopped by the scene. “He was ejected? Oh, my God,” said Marlin upon learning the details of the crash.Marlin, who did not give his last name, said Del Pozzo, his boss at the catering company, had only stopped at the store to grab some groceries for the business.“He’s my friend as well,” said Marlin. “He basically gave me a chance when nobody else would, and I’m here because of him.”The driver of the Infiniti remained at the scene.Police have not made any arrests. DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and three children were taken to the hospital after, police said, a car that was street racing collided with a minivan in Davie, Sunday morning.According to Davie Police, a red Mercedes and silver Infiniti were street racing in the northbound lanes of Davie Road, just before 11 a.m. The Mercedes then crashed into a white minivan that was pulling out of the parking lot of a Restaurant Depot, near Southwest 37th Street.“Witness accounts have these vehicles traveling at excessively high rates of speed,” said Davie Police Sgt. Mark Leone. “You can see from the carnage of the crash that these vehicles were moving.”Investigators said the Mercedes and Infiniti were topping out at more than 100 miles per hour.The minivan’s driver, identified by a co-worker as catering company owner Dominick Del Pozzo, was ejected more than 30 feet from the vehicle.The collision sent the red Mercedes in the southbound lanes, where it caught fire. In addition to the driver, police said, three small children were inside the sedan. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. — Davie Police Dept. (@DaviePolice) January 22, 2017“I just saw the people hurt. I didn’t want him to die,” said good Samaritan Rebecca Thomas, who rushed to Del Pozzo’s side to render aid.“All I could give him was chest compressions. His airways were full of blood. I couldn’t give him CPR,” said Thomas, as she held back tears.Crews transported Del Pozzo to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition.Thomas said she spotted a child who was riding in the Mercedes. “There was a little girl laying in the grass,” she said.Good Samaritans managed to pull the two other children from the mangled Mercedes.Two of the children were transported to Broward Health Medical Center, and the third was taken to Memorial Regional. The extent of their injuries remains unknown. last_img read more

Khaleda can now move her hands BSMMU

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at BSMMU. File photoSheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authorities on Tuesday claimed that the health condition of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s is improving, reports UNB.”Khaleda Zia was admitted to our hospital 24 hours back. Her condition is now better than that of yesterday,” said BSMMU director AK Mahbubul Hoque.Briefing reporters at the hospital, he also said the chairman of a five-member medical board professor Zilan Miah Sarker examined Khaleda today, Tuesday, and found improvement in her condition.”She (Khaleda) is taking medicines for her diseases as per the prescription given yesterday (Monday). Her health condition has improved,” he said.As his attention was drawn to BNP’s allegation that their chairperson was not given proper treatment when she was admitted there in October last year, he said: “We shouldn’t make any comment over the matter as he has been there at the hospital as a director for only two weeks. But, I think she’s happy with her treatment this time.”The BSMMU director said Khaleda talked to them on Monday in a happy mood. “She also talked to our board chairman spontaneously today (Tuesday).We shouldn’t talk about what happened last time. She’s receiving good treatment this time.”Replying to a question, Hoque said the BNP chairperson now can move her hands. She also underwent blood pressure checkup.He, however, said Khaleda’s sugar level has not yet come under control. “The doctors will examine her sugar level tomorrow again and take steps in this regard.”Earlier, Khaleda Zia was admitted to the hospital around 12:45pm on Monday shifting her from Old Dhaka central jail for her treatment.BSMMU director on Monday told reporters that Khaleda Zia was suffering from severe pain in the joints of her hands and legs, insomnia and high sugar level.last_img read more

DC Officials Condemn Broken Criminal Justice System

first_imgMayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier raised the ire of the city’s judicial executives during a press conference on Sept. 7 when they stood in agreement that the city’s criminal justice system was failing. While the initial sentiment came in the heated rush to locate a repeat offender believed to be responsible for the death of his estranged girlfriend, residents and social workers have long complained of the system’s disrepair.Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. (Courtesy Photos)“The criminal justice system in this city is broken,” Lanier said at the press conference. “It is beyond broken.”Constance Young knows well just how flawed the District’s criminal justice system has become over the last three decades. With two of her three sons serving time in penal institutions in other states, and considered habitual offenders, Young told the AFRO that her sons should have been placed in mental institutions or remanded for longer periods of time, rather than ushered through a revolving door of prison stints.“As their mother, I can say what others will not – two of my boys have had anger and aggression issues that caused them to lash out at society in general. I did what I could to get them into some type of facility for emotional troubles, but it was their levels of violence that made criminal courts step in,” Young, a Ward 8 resident, said. “Once they were placed in juvenile halls, they quickly learned how to manipulate the system and both have spent their adult lives in and out of jail.”The number of repeat violent offenders is difficult to quantify and track, according to Lanier, due in large part to a criminal justice system that has allowed many defendants to be released with limited or unreliable electronic monitoring. Calling the breakdown “complex,” Lanier cited a case in which the GPS tracking device of a man arrested and allowed out on home detention registered inoperable, but only after he went on a crime spree through the District and parts of Maryland that included a robbery, carjacking a vehicle, and a shooting.“That person’s GPS went offline Aug. 12, but we didn’t know it. The agency that supervises that person didn’t tell anybody or do anything with it . . . That shouldn’t happen,” Lanier said. “And it’s happening over and over and over again. Where the hell is the outrage? People are being victimized who shouldn’t be. You can’t police the city if the rest of the justice system is not accountable.”In the District, the courts often rely on the input of federal agencies to determine bail, detention, the filing of charges and the monitoring of suspects under court supervision. In addition, police tend to use a broad definition of offender, often referring to those charged but not found guilty of crimes.Political scientist Wilmer J. Leon III told the AFRO that the revolving door of the D.C. criminal justice system makes it difficult for average citizens to trust fully in the courts because the very people they testify against, or who they rebuff for crime, return to the scene of the crime or neighborhood without having been punished or rehabilitated. “That inability to seek out and receive justice within Black communities lends itself to the resistance many have in getting involved in the first place,” said Leon, who documents the politics of the criminal justice system in his new book Politics: Another Perspective. “It takes a lot of courage to trust in the criminal justice system and ‘snitch’ on your neighbors or in some cases, your own kids. When that trust is broken it, in turn, breaks the system.”last_img read more

Pocomoke Settles Racial Bias Lawsuit

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe controversial firing of Kelvin Sewell, Pocomoke City’s first Black police chief, has resulted in a major settlement with the city and the promise of reform in the future.This week the city agreed to pay Sewell and Lieutenant Lynell Green $650,000 to settle claims they were subject to racial discrimination and later retaliation during their employment with the city. Pocomoke officials have also agreed to a consent decree with the plaintiffs to provide training for officers to prevent discrimination in the future and an overhaul of employment practices to eliminate racial bias.Kelvin Sewell, a former Baltimore Police Department homicide detective, was the first Black police chief of Pocomoke City, Md., on the state’s Eastern Shore. His tenure was cut short in the minds of many because of racist policies. (Courtesy Photo)The agreement marks the end of a protracted battle over the racially fraught termination of Sewell, which divided the town on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.Sewell’s firing prompted a series of contentious city council meetings. It also spawned the Citizens for a Better Pocomoke, a group of primarily Black residents who pressed the city to reinstate Sewell.But, the conflict also exposed the underlying racial tensions in a town that was evenly split between Black and White residents.“I was proud of what I accomplished with foot patrols, getting officers to know all the residents, and having no homicides in five years. I didn’t care about politics. I just wanted to keep everyone safe – Black and White,” said Sewell in a written statement.“While the scars from this experience will never fade completely, I am hopeful that this Consent Decree will help protect both officers and the community in the future. Now I hope to move on with my own life, while also continuing to support Detective Savage in his ongoing fight.”Sewell, a retired Baltimore homicide detective, took the top job in Pocomoke in 2011. During his tenure Sewell emphasized a community-oriented approach to policing that included ordering officers to walk the streets of the city’s predominantly Black neighborhood called the “Backburn.”The strategy was embraced by the city residents and crime dropped. But the city council voted in a June 2015 closed door session to terminate Sewell.The settlement is not the end of legal proceedings however. Detective Frank Savage, whose initial complaint against a Worcester County Drug Task Force prompted the series of events that led to Sewell’s firing, has not settled with the city.“I loved my career in law enforcement, but it was taken away from me because I stood up for what was right,” said Detective Franklin Savage in a written statement. “Now, I’m in a fight for justice, and I am determined to hold those who have done wrong to me and my coworkers accountable for their actions.”Both Sewell and Green filed EEOC complaints that were later sustained alleging they were subject to retaliation for raising concerns about discriminatory practices.The settlement comes after Sewell’s abrupt firing in July of 2015 garnered national attention. Despite outcry from the community city officials refused to explain publicly why they fired Sewel.Later in court filings Sewell claimed he was let go for refusing to fire both Savage and Green after they filed discrimination complaints against a Worcester County Drug Task Force.Savage claimed in EEOC filings he was subject to racial harassment in the all-White unit. Among the allegations was the liberal use of the n-word in his presence, a drive to KKK lane where lynching had occurred in the past, and a food stamp with the image of President Barak Obama left in his desk.Despite the allegations recounted in the lawsuit city officials had claimed that the reason for firing Sewell was not racially motivated. Instead city officials promised details would be revealed during legal proceedings. However, court documents have not cited any specific reasons as to what prompted the council to vote to terminate him in June of 2015.Sewell and Green were represented by the Washington Lawyers Committee and the Maryland ACLU. Debbie Jeon, legal director of the ACLU said they will continue to move forward with the lawsuit until Savage’s claims are settled.“Today’s court filing marks an important step toward vindicating the rights of these three courageous men, who throughout this ordeal have showed themselves to be exactly the kind of police officers we all want to see in America, by standing up to racism and retaliation infecting law enforcement, despite steep personal costs,” said Deborah Jeon, Legal Director of the ACLU of MarylandDespite the settlement, legal proceedings involving Sewell are still ongoing.Shortly after he filed his lawsuit Maryland State Prosecutor Emmit Davit indicted him for failing to cite a driver who hit two parked cars in 2014. The indictment alleged Sewell failed to charge the driver because they were both members of a local African-American chapter of the Masons.In 2016 Sewell was convicted by a nearly all-White jury of misconduct in office. Later the Maryland Court of Special Appeals overturned the conviction, ruling that Sewell did not receive a fair trial when he was excluded from calling two expert witnesses.Since then Davitt has vowed to retry the case. A motions hearing is scheduled for later this month.last_img read more

Buy This Comic America 1

first_imgToday is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is America #1 from Marvel Comics, writer Gabby Rivera, and artist Joe Quinones.via Marvel ComicsAmerica #1(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Joe QuinonesAt last! Everyone’s favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series!Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics’ brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez!America has always been incontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she’s now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn’t really leave much time for self-discovery… So what’s a super-powered teenager do when she’s looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college!She just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first, plus shut down a pesky alien cult that’s begun worshipping her exploits!There is something about reading America #1 that feels like a big deal. When I say this, I don’t mean it in the sense that the Marvel universe is going to change as a result of this book, or that it seems to be setting up more for the Marvel universe as a whole. It is hard to read this first issue and not compare it to the Ms. Marvel series that focuses on Kamala Khan as the titular character. Both of these books are super enjoyable comics, by writers hailing from outside of comics, with fan-favorite artists, starring young women of color. However, where Ms. Marvel deals with Kamala and her journey from zero to hero, America hones in on the woman that can punch holes in reality, who she is, and what makes her human. It approaches the character with a mindset that I wish we saw more of because there is obviously so much love and respect for the character put into this book.via Marvel ComicsWriter Gabby Rivera is known best for her work on Young Adult novels, with America being her first work on a comic book. Marvel has been on a roll lately with recruiting writers from outside the industry to launch/relaunch characters, such as Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther, Roxane Gay on World of Wakanda, G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel, and Saladin Ahmed on the upcoming Black Bolt series, to name a few. It shows that Marvel has a dedication to diversity both on and off the page, as the work is given to women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people of diverse religion backgrounds as opposed to the same pool of talent in the comics industry that has been stagnating for years. It also adds another layer of authenticity to the character, as Rivera has talked in great detail about the fact that her Queer/Latina heritage and culture has had a major impact on how America Chavez is written. The character has been something of an enigma since her first appearance in Vengeance over seven years ago, never really getting her own personality and defined powers until the Young Avengers run by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Now, she is the headstrong young woman headlining the only Marvel Comics’ series to star a queer lead, until the new Ice-Man series launches in the near furture. Despite it being Rivera’s first work on a comic book, she clearly is having a lot of fun jumping headfirst into the Marvel Universe, quickly exploring the huge cast of characters and the lore of it all.Joe Quinones is an artist that I have been following since his work on Green Lantern for Wednesday Comics back in 2009, so it is great seeing him on a Marvel title starring a character that I am so attached to. Quinones’ is a the closest thing we have to a modern-day Kevin Maguire, constantly giving the reader/audience so much personality in his characters, being able to show the tiniest expressions that make them feel that much more nuanced. Every face is distinct but familiar, making everyone, even small characters, feels like someone you could pass on the street, which quickly creates a small world and cast all for this book. One of my favorite things about Quinones’ work is how it adapts to the creative team, constantly feeling different depending on the inker and colorist, despite being recognizably his work. His art is just so much fun, and in my opinion, underrated. The most recent Howard the Duck series that he did with writer Chip Zdarsky were some of the best books that Marvel was putting out (seriously, read them!), and it is nice to see that Marvel is giving Quinones the spotlight that his art deserves. Rivera and Quinones really have something special here with this book and this character, so I can’t recommend this first issue enough. America #1 is available today in stores and on Marvel Comics3/1/17 Releases – In addition to America #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading if you are not already.AmeriKarate #1 from writers Corey Kalman and Brockton McKinney, artist Devin Roth, and Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint. Read my review here.Shade, The Changing Girl #6 from writer Cecil Castellucci, artist Marley Zarcone, and DC Comics’ Young Animal imprint.Paper Girls #12 from writer Brian  K. Vaughan, artist Cliff Chiang, colorist Matt Wilson, and Image Comics.last_img read more

SuperSized iPhone Pro Will Reportedly Be Part Of Apples 2019 Lineup

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Police hope to trace driver after child hit by car outside school

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice are trying to trace a woman after a child was hit by a car outside a high school. The female motorist, who was driving a silver or light blue car, collided with the child outside Congleton High School on Box Lane in Congleton at around 3.10pm on Monday June 10. There is no further information on the child’s condition at this stage. Now Cheshire Police are urging anyone with information to get in touch. A spokesman said:  “On Monday June 10 at 3:10pm a child has been hit by a car outside #ongleton High School by a female in a silver/ light blue car. “We are appealing for information on the female or the vehicle being driven. Please call 101 quoting IML 424811 or contact your local PCSO.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowlast_img read more

World Bank Extreme poverty to fall below 10 percent

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Verdict in on Latin American left-wing leadership Costa Rica ranks 83rd in the world for doing business More than 1.1 million Costa Ricans live in poverty World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time, although there is still “great concern” for millions in Africa, aWorld Bank report said Sunday.“This is the best story in the world today — these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty,” said Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, which holds its annual meetings Oct. 9-11 in Lima, along with the IMF.According to World Bank projections, about 702 million people, or 9.6 percent of the world population, will live below the poverty line this year, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In 2012, that number stood at 902 million, or about 13 percent of the world population. It stood at 29 percent in 1999.According to Kim, the continuing decline in extreme poverty is the result of dynamic economic growth in developing nations and investment in health and education, as well as social safety nets that prevented millions of people from falling back into poverty.“This new forecast of poverty falling into the single digits should give us new momentum and help us focus even more clearly on the most effective strategies to end extreme poverty,” he said.Previously, people living on $1.25 or less a day were defined as living in extreme poverty. That figure is now $1.90, to reflect inflation.The report comes after world leaders last month pledged to end extreme poverty within 15 years, adopting an ambitious set of United Nations goals to be backed up by trillions of dollars in development spending.Releasing the figures, the World Bank nevertheless urged caution, saying “major hurdles remain” in the goal to end poverty by 2030.“The growing concentration of global poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa is of great concern,” it said in a statement.“While some African countries have seen significant successes in reducing poverty, the region as a whole lags the rest of the world in the pace of lessening poverty.”The report singled out Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo as particularly worrisome examples of deprivation in Africa.It also cautioned that reliable current data was not available in part of the Middle East and North Africa because of conflict.‘Turbulence ahead,’ says World Bank economistIn contrast, the report noted a marked decline in extreme poverty in Asia — particularly India — and in South America.However, Kaushik Basu, chief economist at the World Bank, sounded an alarm over a slowdown in emerging markets worldwide — with Latin America an emblem of the sputter.“There is some turbulence ahead,” said Basu.“The economic growth outlook is less impressive for emerging economies in the near future, which will create new challenges in the fight to end poverty and attend to the needs of the vulnerable, especially those living at the bottom 40 percent of their societies.”Oxfam welcomed the landmark figures below 10 percent, but warned that hard work remains to drag the remaining 702 million people out of extreme poverty.“That figure remains unacceptably high and much remains to be done,” said Nicolas Mombrial, head of Oxfam International’s Washington office. “A lot of new resources and fundamental political change are needed.”last_img read more

Catch New Caledonia Travel Connections HOT SUMMER SPECIALS

first_imgGET READY FOR SUMMER. The heat is on as New Caledonia Travel Connection, Australia’s leading specialist in travel to New Caledonia, releases its summer specials. Grab these limited offers and experience New Caledonia’s dazzling beaches, turquoise waters and rich gastronomy in your next summer vacation. Book before 30/12/2017 to enjoy huge savings per family or couple!Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa – Noumea Family PackageSAVINGS: $1,500 PER FAMILYBring the entire family and explore the vibrant city of Noumea from the Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa! Summer package includes 7-night accommodation, return airfares, transfers and daily buffet breakfast.Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences – Family Treat PackageSAVINGS: $1,000 PER FAMILYExperience the South Pacific charm and Parisian delights of Noumea with the whole family with our 7-night family treat package at the Hilton! Enjoy direct access to Anse Vata beach and a wide array of water activities. Sheraton New Caledonia Deva – Blue Lagoon Paradise PackageSAVINGS: $1,000 PER COUPLEExplore the untamed Deva Domain and come home to the Sheraton Deva Resort & Spa where you can unwind at the resort’s deep Nature Spa facilities including an outdoor jacuzzi with deck and sauna.Ramada Hotel & Suites – Noumea Discovery PackageSAVINGS: $1,200 PER COUPLEDiscover Noumea’s striking beaches and numerous cafes and restaurants from the Ramada! Don’t miss the hotel’s panoramic 360° revolving restaurant on the 19th floor, the only one in New Caledonia.For full details and bookings contact New Caledonia Travel Connection on 1300 108 625, email us at or visit = New Caledonia Travel Connectionlast_img read more

Parkinsons disease has forced legendary guitarist

first_img Parkinson’s disease has forced legendary guitarist Glenn Tipton to drop out of the upcoming Judas Priest tour.The British rockers say Tipton is stepping down from touring due to the ailment, which began to afflict him a decade ago. In a statement issued Monday, the band said Tipton can still play some of their less-challenging songs, but he insisted that a replacement be named for the tour.Tipton will be replaced on the band’s “Firepower” tour by Andy Sneap, a veteran heavy metal producer, and the guitarist for the British band Hell.“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead, and that I am not leaving the band; it’s simply that my role has changed,” Tipton said. “I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage … when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”The band’s tour begins March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Their biggest hits include “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law.”Tipton was the lone remaining original member of Judas Priest’s twin-lead guitar attack that powered solos on tracks including “Electric Eye” and “Hell Bent For Leather.” Guitarist Richie Faulkner replaced the other founding guitarist, K.K. Downing, in 2011.Tipton’s bandmates Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Scott Travis (drums) and Faulkner called Tipton “a true metal hero.”“We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real,” they said. “We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self-belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest.”Last month, Neil Diamond announced his retirement from touring, also citing Parkinson’s.___Online:www.judaspriest.com___Follow Wayne Parry at FILE- In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest performs at the 2015 Knotfest USA in San Bernardino, Calif. Tipton is stepping down from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, a condition that began to afflict him a decade ago. He will be replaced on the band’s “Firepower” tour by Andy Sneap, a veteran heavy metal producer, and the guitarist for the British band Hell. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File) by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 10:42 am PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Judas Priest guitarist Tipton won’t tour due to Parkinson’slast_img read more