FIFA Lifts Ban on 2026 World Cup Voters Publicly Backing Bid

first_imgLONDON (AP) — FIFA has lifted a ban on voters publicly endorsing a 2026 World Cup bid.Soccer’s governing body last month ordered officials not to openly discuss the merits of either the joint Northern American bid, featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico, or the rival Morocco contender.It led to Confederation of African Football President Ahmad, who goes by just one name, expressing frustration at being restricted from backing his continent’s bid.But FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura informed members this week of an about-turn in a letter to member associations offering new guidance on the bid rules of conduct.In the letter seen by The Associated Press, Samoura now writes that “all public statements by football officials in support of one bidder are admissible provided that they meet the underlying principles of ethical behavior.”The entire FIFA Congress, which features 211 soccer nations, is due to vote in June on the 2026 host.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Is this how Varun Dhawan is planning to celebrate his birthday?

first_imgVarun Dhawan, who will turn 32 on Wednesday (April 24), is planning to ring in his birthday with his school friends in Thailand, according to a newspaper. The actor and his buddies jetted off to the country for a week-long holiday on Sunday night.A source close to Varun revealed that on the to-do list is camping and attending training sessions of Muay Thai (a form of close-combat that uses eight points of contact in the body as weapons).”Varun, who is a sports enthusiast, wanted to do something different for his birthday this time and settled on learning the Thai sport, which is also known as the ‘art of eight limbs’ as it is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. The party will also explore beaches and the local cuisine,” the insider revealed.After the short getaway, Varun will resume shooting for Remo D’Souza’s Street Dancer 3D, which is touted to be the most expensive dance film that Bollywood has ever seen. The film also features Shraddha Kapoor, Nora Fatehi and Prabhudheva in key roles.Initially, when Street Dancer 3D was announced, fans thought it would be the next installment of the ABCD franchise. However, director Remo D’Souza and producer Bhushan Kumar rubbished the news and said that though both are centred around dance, there are no similarities between them.Buzz is that Varun will be seen playing a boy from Punjab in Street Dancer, while Shraddha will be seen as a Pakistani dancer. Both their characters will be based in the UK, where a major portion of the film will be shot.advertisementStreet Dancer, which will be shot in 3D, is scheduled to hit the theatres on November 8 this year.ALSO READ: Varun Dhawan reveals trolls attacking girlfriend Natasha Dalal hurt him the mostALSO READ: Varun Dhawan reveals his brother Rohit Dhawan is his biggest trollALSO WATCH: Varun Dhawan on nepotism, Judwaa 2 and how to woo a girllast_img read more

We have a plan for Andre Russell: Yuzvendra Chahal warns West Indies

first_imgThey have the license to thrill in cash-rich T20 leagues but the likes of Andre Russell will feel “situational pressure” in their World Cup game against India, feels leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.West Indies are all but out of semi-final contention having lost four out of their six games and Russell’s hamstring issues have compounded their problems further.Chahal, who has had a good World Cup so far with seven wickets from four games at a decent economy rate of 5.45, will be ready to ask questions along with wrist spin partner Kuldeep Yadav, who has given less than five runs per over.”We would obviously have a plan. He (Russell) is a hard-hitter but we have bowled to him enough,” Chahal replied when asked about the possible gameplan for Russell and the other big-hitters in their line-up.The wiry leg-spinner, who is ready with his bag of tricks for the June 27 battle, is certain that the Caribbean batsmen will be under severe pressure as they are desperate for a win.”Playing for your country is very different from playing IPL. The pressure to win games is as much on them as it is on us. Look they are desperate to win. They are also trying to get some form back. So the conditions will be different and so will be the situation,” Chahal had a word of caution for the opposition.Nursing a hamstring injury, Russell didn’t play in West Indies’ five-run defeat against New Zealand in their last game.However with all his pyrotechnics, the Jamaican marauder may come to the crease when the Windies might be four out for next to nothing and he would need to play as per situation, reckoned Chahal.advertisement”If Russell comes in after four have got out, then he would also be conscious that he would like to play himself in. So we would also be changing our tactics as per game situation,” he said.The Afghanistan game has been like a reassurance for the bowling unit that they can deliver even when the margins are lesser due to a low total.”This was one occasion when we scored below 230 (224). There would be some negative points that would come up and also a few positive points. When you win these types of games, you are confident that even scores less than 250 can be defended,” he said.For Chahal, the big positive in a not so impressive batting performance was Kedar Jadhav’s half-century at a time when the pitch was difficult for batting.”In the first innings, the positive was the manner in which Kedar batted when the pitch was offering turn. At the onset, we had thought of a score of around 270 but they bowled so well, then we readjusted the target in our minds. We were confident even 30 runs less would have done the job,” he sounded assured.The idea was to test themselves while defending a low total as skipper Virat Kohli had also mentioned. The primary aim for him and Kuldeep Yadav was to bowl as many dot balls as possible during the middle overs.”From the start, the intent was to keep up the pressure and bowl more dot balls, so that during the final overs, their asking rate should be 6 or 6.5, which at least bring the bowlers back in the game.”If it’s an asking rate of 4 or 5 per over, and the field is open and the ball is a bit old, it won’t swing. The aim was to increase the dot-ball percentage in the first 25 overs. Sometimes you can’t even defend 350 and sometimes, you can defend even 250. It’s all about mindset,” he concluded.Also Read | Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for Bangladesh vs AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisAlso Seelast_img read more

Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape claim against Neymar, which he denies

first_imgBrazil Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this content Brazil’s Neymar ruled out of Copa América with ankle injury Neymar Share on Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook news Share on LinkedIn “We are very concerned by the recent allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said when asked about the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club football with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.A police report showed that a woman had accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation. According to the police report, she told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room, the report said.Following media reports on the matter, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.That led police in Rio de Janeiro to open an investigation into whether Neymar had committed a crime by posting those intimate pictures online.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.US press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, which featured Neymar in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, said it was a sponsor of the national team but not individual players. A press representative declined to comment on the accusation against Neymar.McDonald’s Corp and Procter & Gamble Co’s Gillette brand, which both featured Neymar prominently in ad campaigns last year, said they had no current contract with him.On Wednesday night the woman, Najila de Souza, gave her first on-camera interview since her accusation became public. “I was a victim of rape,” de Souza told SBT TV.Some of Neymar’s teammates have come out in support of him, but national team coach Tite told journalists on Monday that he did not want to pass judgment on the matter.The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday that Neymar would be left out of the Brazil team for the Copa America because of an ankle injury suffered in a friendly match against Qatar. Nike is “very concerned” about a rape accusation against the Brazil forward, Neymar, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.The world’s largest sportswear maker issued a statement a day after a woman said in an interview with Brazilian SBT TV that Neymar had raped her in a Paris hotel last month. Neymar denied the allegation in an Instagram post and has said the woman was trying to extort him. Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

Isco: Madrid the right place for me

first_imgTransfers ‘Real Madrid the right place’ – Isco dismisses transfer rumours Joe Wright 18:39 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) isco - cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Villarreal v Real Madrid Primera División Isco The Spanish midfielder is rumoured to be negotiating a move away from the capital for after the World Cup, but he says he is in a good place Real Madrid star Isco believes he is at the right club to achieve his goals, despite speculation over a possible transfer.The Spain international has not always been assured of a starting spot under Zinedine Zidane and has only completed 90 minutes five times in La Liga this season.It has been suggested the 26-year-old could look to leave the Santiago Bernabeu after the World Cup, with Manchester City among the clubs said to be interested. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, Isco has moved to calm any talk over his future.”I’m young and I’m not content with anything,” he told reporters at the presentation of his new fragrance. “I want to keep aspiring to the maximum and I’m in the right place.”The midfielder has been included in Madrid’s 18-man squad for Saturday’s final La Liga match of the season against Villarreal.Zidane has named a strong group to take to Estadio de la Ceramica, which includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marcelo, despite the Champions League final taking place in just one week’s time.Goalkeeper Keylor Navas is the only notable senior player to have been left out.last_img read more

Firearm Businesses Get Clarity on New Federal Legislation

first_imgNew federal government legislation means Nova Scotia businesses no longer have to record names of people purchasing long guns. On behalf of the federal government, the province will send letters this week to businesses that sell firearms notifying them that due to the elimination of the federal long gun registry, they are no longer required to collect and store information on people buying long guns. A strict system of controlling restricted firearms will continue through the provincial Firearms Office, which administers the act on behalf of the federal government. Police checks and safety courses are still required to buy a gun and ammunition. Firearms dealers have been recording long gun sales transactions since the 1980s, along with purchases of restricted firearms such as handguns. This information was then shared with the province’s Firearms Office. Under the new federal legislation, they will only have to keep information about the sale of restricted firearms. This information will continue to be shared with the Firearms Office. Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island administer the act on behalf of the federal government. There are about 76,000 firearms licences in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Keystone XL future in the hands of Nebraska

first_imgThe fate of the Keystone XL pipeline is back in the hands of Nebraska.After years of hurdles and setbacks public hearings are underway in the state this week.But is the project still worth pursuing?Trevor Tombe, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary, said despite depressed oil prices, there is still a lot of forecast production.“The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, for example, anticipates about another million-and-a-half barrels per day in Western Canadian production by 2030,” he said. “And so what we would need in order to carry that additional oil to market is not just Keystone XL, not just Trans Mountain, not just Line 3 but potentially all those three plus Energy East.”He explained the economics of the pipeline still work.“So, roughly speaking a pipeline would be able to carry oil to the Gulf Coast at half the price that rail cars would,” he said.Tombe said the only forces which could ultimately shelve this project are land disputes, like in Nebraska in this case, or political pressure.He added there is no guarantee the other proposed pipeline projects will happen, so, continuing with Keystone XL makes a lot of sense.last_img read more

Crime in the Iqaluit fishbowl

first_imgAPTN National NewsCrime is nothing new for Nunavut’s capital Iqaluit.But a new wave of crime has police reaching out to the public.And the public are taking to the internet to reach back.APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports.last_img

Darfur AfricanUN mission sets up unit to investigate genderbased crimes

18 August 2009The police component of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur has established a special investigations unit to monitor and report on crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence, a prevalent problem in the western Sudanese region. The peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, announced today that the seven-member unit has been set up in response to the high rates of sexual and gender-based violence recorded across Darfur in the past two years. Staff members have received specialist training for dealing with such cases.The new unit will work to encourage victims of violence to report incidents to local law enforcement authorities, reduce the stigmatization of sexual abuse victims and help to rehabilitate victims.It also aims to support local law enforcement agencies as they investigate a range of cases, including child abuse, child abandonment, prostitution, human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual harassment.UNAMID said the unit would work closely with the police, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other agencies that deal with gender-related issues.Sexual and gender-based violence remains widespread across Darfur, which has been beset by conflict and displacement for six years. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and about 2.7 million others forced to leave their homes, with many women and children vulnerable to violent attacks, particularly when they are searching for scarce firewood.Meanwhile, staff from the mission’s human rights and rule of law sections have completed a four-day training course on human rights standards and prison management for 30 corrections officials working in North Darfur state.The training, the first of its kind in North Darfur, included such topics as the humane treatment of prisoners, particularly minors, pre-trial detainees and female prisoners.The course, held in El Fasher, was funded by Switzerland through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). read more

Bringing home hardware Mens volleyball notches 1st NCAA title in program history

For this group of seniors in the past three seasons, the story remained the same. A bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals and nothing more. In the 2010 semifinals, the Stanford Cardinal overpowered the Ohio State men’s volleyball team in three straight sets (30-25, 30-26, 30-17). What followed was a long flight home. At that time, coach Pete Hanson told his players to write down their goal for the next season. “Each kid said his goal was to win the National Championship,” Hanson said. Now, a little more than a year later, the mission has been accomplished. All-American outside hitter Jeff Menzel jumped up for a kill on Championship point, but a wall of Steven Kehoe, Kevin Heine and Jason Tobkin stopped him in his tracks. Kehoe connected on the block as the Buckeyes defeated the California-Santa Barbara Gauchos, 3-2, for the program’s first national title. “Our coaching staff told us if we blocked him once in the last five points, we would win the match,” Kehoe said. “I think deep down we believed we earned the right to be here,” Hanson said. “It’s really cool how that came to fruition.” The Scarlet and Gray outplayed the Gauchos in about every aspect of the match, but OSU’s 26 service errors kept UCSB, which had just six service errors, in the match. “I definitely came out tense, and I think a lot of the guys did, especially from the service line,” Kehoe said. Hanson agreed. “It was clearly frustrating,” he said. “(OSU) never panicked. It’s like when a pitcher can’t locate his fastball. It will come, and it did.” Hanson said it was key to isolate Menzel and force his supporting cast to win the match. “I think when you hold an All-American to 12 kills on 40 swings and he hits .025, you’ve done a pretty good job,” Hanson said. Junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU with a match-high 32.5 points and 30 kills. His career-high 30 kills are the most by any Buckeye this season. Kehoe added a season-high 65 assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “For our seniors, it was their last collegiate volleyball game ever,” Sangrey said. “We wanted to go out on top, and that’s what we did.” Kehoe, Sangrey and John Klanac were named to the All-Tournament team. OSU overcame its serving woes with a strong offensive effort. The Buckeyes outhit UCSB .329 to .198, had a 74-45 advantage in kills and led the match in assists, 70-42. The Buckeyes are the third team outside the West to win the title. Penn State won in 1994 and 2008. OSU holds a 1-2 record in national title games. The Buckeyes lost, 3-1, against USC in 1977 and, 3-0, to UCLA in 2000. read more

Battlelog 20 for Battlefield 4 explained in Dice video

first_imgEA and Dice introduced the Battlelog feature when Battlefield 3 released. It offered up additional information away from the actual game in the form of a mini social network of sorts. You can access stats, leader boards, manage friends, monitor yours and other player’s progress, and even create matches and launch the game.With the coming release of Battlefield 4, Battlelog is getting a complete overhaul and will be launched as Battlelog 2.0. You can see what’s new in the video below:Battlelog 2.0 has clearly expanded upon the functionality offered in v1.0, and embraces the use of smartphones and tablets when you can’t be sat at your PC or console playing the game. Not only that, but those extra screens remain useful even when you are playing.Alongside what you could already do (stats, server tracking, etc.) you can now utilize your tablet as a second screen for the game. The tablet becomes a mini-map, and one where you can monitor other players and even setup attack points with a tap of the screen. And while you tablet is doing that, your smartphone can be displaying your loadout, allowing you to select and accessorize weapons that instantly get updated for your character in the game.That instant game changing extends to servers. Not happy with the game you are playing? Find another server and game using a second device and quickly transfer to it, never having left the game on your main display.If such gimmicks don’t interest you, then maybe the Missions feature will. You can create missions to challenge you friends, for example, who is the best at destroying enemy type X. That challenge can be confined to friends, or expanded to your city, country, or even globally. Updates as to how you are doing can also be sent to your mobile device, so if you lose the lead while sitting at work, you’ll instantly know about it.Battlefield 4 is set for release on October 29 with Battlelog 2.0 launching alongside it. Better have a tablet and smartphone at the ready if you intend to take full advantage of it.last_img read more

First Look The Immortal Men 4

first_img If you’re not reading The Immortal Men, please find a way to put this series on your pull list immediately. The Immortal Men #4 is set to hit your favorite comic shops on July 11th. This issue will lead readers straight into the story where issue #3 left off.At the end of Part 3 of “The End of Forever,” The Immortal Men revealed little to nothing to our poor boy Caden. He’s swept into this world of superheroes and saving the world, but he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He just knows he wants to be alive by the end of the day. The Immortal Men begin to tell him what he needs to know. All of a sudden, The Infinite Woman knows of their whereabouts. This leads to an all-out war between The Infinite Woman and her Bloodless vs. The Immortal Man and his Immortal Men. In Issue #4, we’re just where we left off. Will Infinite Woman and her Bloodless be victorious? Or will The Immortal Men? Will Caden finally be able to find out who he is and what his place in all of this is?The Immortal Men #4 via DC ComicsStorytellers James Tynion (W) and Tyler Kirkham (A) lead this newest issue from DC Comics. With the creative team of Arif Prianto on colors and Carlos M. Manguel on letters joining them as well. The Immortal Men comes off the massive success that was DC’s Dark Nights Metal, which explores the new side of a super dope, dark and twisted kind of story. The Immortal Men features new characters by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee. This series is developing into a trifecta of greatness with wicked characters, brilliant narrative and a direction where you’re dying to know where it will lead.The Immortal Men tells the story of Cadan Park. He’s a seemingly ordinary kid who has bizarre dreams about a secret world of superheroes that no one else can see. Caden also believes he has the ability to peer into the “moments” of someone’s life just by touching them. Of course, no one believes him. This leads him to hide from his parents to tell them everything’s okay. (Spoilers: They’re not.)Caden doesn’t know is that there’s a war going on between two sides to see who can get to him first. Side A: The Infinite Woman. Who wants to totally kill him. Side B: The Immortal Man. Who hangs with his chosen set of superhero gang The Immortal Men, Timber, Reload, Stray, and Ghost Fist, who wants to save the world alongside their leader. Everyone wants to know what Caden is about and trust me, Caden wants in on it too.Immortal Man #4 will be available on Comixology and your local comic book story July 11th, but DC Comics has granted Geek a little sneak peak of pages to come for our newest superheroes. Check those out below if you want the full panels of the first few pages. If you haven’t read the first three issues, purchase them now on Comixology or pick them up at your LCS. This is one unbelievable series, and it’s only going to get weirder from here.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on targetlast_img read more

Alex Neil admits Brentford gave his side a hard time

first_imgPreston’s boss Alex Neil said that his side’s 4-3 victory over Brentford did not come easy but was one they had to compete hard for, although they had a three-goal lead in the opening 23 minutes.Having such narrow victory, Neil insists that his side should keep their focus throughout the 90 minutes, as the Lilywhites have been unbeaten in four matches.“I think we’ve been involved in a lot of high scoring matches this year, not by design really,” Neil said, according to Sports Mole.“I think once we go 3-0 up, we’re hoping to then go and try and make it an easier night for ourselves.”“But Brentford are a good side, they pose you a lot of questions and a lot of problems.”Mephan joins Bournemouth from Brentford Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 The 21-year-old defender has joined the English Premier League club after two years with the Championship team.English center-back Chris Mepham has joined AFC Bournemouth…“Then the second goal’s a really bad deflection so it carried a little bit of fortune with it.”“I think conceding three goals is naturally concerning, we need to make sure we try and tighten up. I thought we simplified things in terms of not really risking it at the back, turning the ball forward earlier and then playing in their half.”“I thought that worked really well for us, we scored four goals and to be honest, could have probably scored more.”last_img read more

Nilekani at work Governance structure and CEO search immediate priorities

first_imgNandan NilekaniReuters”I’m here because I think there’s nobody else, that’s just a joke. It’s a fact also I guess,” Nilekani told reporters laughing.As Nandan Nilekani takes the centre stage at the headquarter in Bangalore, almost a decade later, the newly appointed non-executive chairman soon brush humour under the carpet, rolled up his sleeves and started working.On Friday evening, Nilekani met the board members of the IT major and chaired a meeting to set immediate and long term goal for the company.Nilekani did not give any details on the future strategy, apart from saying it would be made public on the second quarter result meet in October.He said his immediate priorities are to help the board to create a long-term governance structure in the company, search and hire a chief executive officer (CEO) and reboot the company’s business strategy.”I am extremely excited about the future of Infosys. The Board is focused on bringing complete stability to the Company. It has also tasked its Committee of Directors to work with the CEO and management to review and refresh the company’s strategy by October,” Nilekani said.The board on Friday has also approved the appointment of the executive recruitment firm Egon Zehnder to work with its nominations and remunerations committee to review and identify the right candidate to be the Company’s next CEO and MD, the release stated. Nandan NilekaniReutersSpeaking to the reporters on Friday night, Nilekani repeated numerous times that he is back to the company and represents 100 percent of the shareholders.”I will ensure there are no discordant voices in the company, and everyone is on the same page. I want Infosys to be a board-managed company, with a board that will practise the highest standards of corporate governance,” he said.On the Panaya acquisition, the board decided that the non-executive chairman will get full briefing on these investigations and the appropriate course of action will be decided.On the ugly spat between the co-founder Murthy and the board, and also on the statement issued by the board after Sikka’s exit, Nilekani refused to get drawn into any finger-pointing.The statement release by Infosys stated that “The board believes it to be unfortunate that various differences of opinion have arisen between Mr. Murthy and the Board in the recent past. The Board wishes to express that it was not its intention to cause Mr. Murthy or any other affected person any personal distress or anguish while stating its point of view.”last_img read more

New Report Hails Successes of President Obamas Baltimore Taskforce

first_imgA new federal report on Baltimore City touts the successes of initiatives undertaken in the wake of civil uprising in Charm City following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in April 2015.Eighteen months ago, President Obama established a special Taskforce for Baltimore City comprised of federal, state and local agencies and local leaders which he tasked with leveraging federal resources to tackle some of Baltimore’s deeper social and economic issues that were laid bare by the unrest.“You have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty… if we think that we’re just going to send the police to do the dirty work… then we’re not going to solve this problem,” the president said April 28, 2015 when asked about the unrest.“If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could,” he continued. “It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant — and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids, and we think they’re important.”The task force identified three priority areas into which it would invest: jobs, public health and safety, and creating long-term prosperity. And, together with city and state agencies and non- and for-profit organizations, the Obama administration initiated efforts to address those issues.To address Baltimore’s relatively high 7.4 percent unemployment rate, for example, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded a discretionary $5 million grant to launch the new One Baltimore for Jobs Initiative, which has to date enrolled 650 people in training programs, awarded 419 new workforce credentials and placed 208 people into jobs. City, state and federal agencies also worked together to boost the youth summer program by 60 percent, employing 6,000 more young people over two years; provided training and loans to existing and potential small business owners and organized a new “Made in Baltimore” campaign to promote Baltimore-created brands across the country, among other steps.To address public health and safety, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department and provided additional support to aid in its crime-fighting; worked with the Education Department to provide millions in funding to address violence and aggression in schools and provide counseling for children who witness violent crimes and other agencies also provided funding to help sustain the city’s current Safe Streets program, which tries to interrupt the cycle of violence in certain at-risk neighborhoods.To help create a foundation for lasting prosperity, according to the report, the Obama administration invested $20 million in TIGER grants to streamline transportation operations at the Port of Baltimore and North Avenue; the American Communities Trust worked with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Baltimore City and the State of Maryland to launch a new food hub in East Baltimore to support workforce training and entrepreneurship and federal and city agencies are funding the first comprehensive park plan for Charm City since 1926; among other initiatives.The report noted that the work accomplished over the past 18 months reflects efforts by the White House to re-imagine federal-local partnerships.“Far too often, the Federal Government has taken a ‘one-size-fits-all approach to working with communities and left local leaders on their own to navigate Federal resources and programs,” the report noted. However, the work in Baltimore reflected a more collaborative approach that sought solutions from the bottom up.Read the entire report here.last_img read more

Alleged Alcatraz Escapee Sends Letter to FBI 50 Years Later Revealing He

first_imgOn June 11, 1962, one of the most daring prison escapes in history was carried out by three men. Frank Morris, along with brothers John and Clarence Anglin, escaped from Alcatraz prison never to be seen again. The FBI closed its case in 1979 after reaching the conclusion that the men drowned and their bodies had been swept out to sea.The escape attempt captured the public imagination, turning the trio into folk heroes.Aerial view of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco.Rumors persist to this day that the three, all young men and reportedly strong swimmers, survived the water and disappeared, evading capture for over 50 years.As the Independent reports, “the US Marshals Service has not completely given up. It has publicly stated it will ‘continue to pursue the escapees until they are either arrested, positively determined to be deceased or reach the age of 99.’ ”Frank Morris.Alcatraz was notorious in its heyday for its harsh conditions and its infamous inmates, in its 29-year history it housed the likes of Al Capone, Machine-Gun Kelly, and Whitey Bulger.It was the place where prisoners were sent when they were deemed too disruptive for other federal facilities.Inside Alcatraz.Because it had very high-level security and was built on an island, it was considered inescapable by the prison authorities.Although Alcatraz island is only 1.5 miles from the shore of San Francisco Bay, the waters surrounding it are almost freezing and prone to rip tides making the swim to the mainland a treacherous endeavor for even the strongest swimmer.Inside Alcatraz Island prison, San Fransico, CA.Frank Morris along with John and Clarence Anglin were career criminals with multiple sentences and escape attempts between them.They knew each other from a previous prison stretch and started planning their escape in 1961 when they were placed in adjacent cells.Clarence Anglin.The plan, as devised by Frank Morris, involved widening the ventilation ducts of their cells which opened into an unsupervised utility corridor. They did this using canteen spoons and a makeshift drill.John Anglin.During the day they disguised their work behind papier-mâché facades. By night, they worked for months in a secret rooftop workshop constructing a raft and life jackets from 50 stolen raincoats. By 11:30 pm on June 11th, they had escaped Alcatraz, never to be seen again.Escapee’s prison cell, with widened vent opening beneath the sinkThe alarm was only raised the morning after when the guards discovered their beds were in fact empty.The trio had created life-like dummy heads out of concrete dust, papier-mâché and human hair from the barber shop and used these to simulate sleeping bodies in their bunks.Dummy head found in Morris’ cell.To this day authorities maintain the escape attempt was unsuccessful. Just a few years ago, however, a new piece of correspondence has been uncovered which may offer a different explanation.In 2013, the San Francisco Police Department received a letter apparently from an ageing John Anglin.FBI wanted poster of John Anglin.In the opening paragraph of the letter the author writes, “My name is John Anglin, I escape[d] from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris. I’m 83 years old and in bad shape. I have cancer. Yes, we all made it that night but barely!”The letter states that Frank Morris and Clarence Anglin passed away in 2005 and 2008 respectively. The author then goes onto offer to give himself up to authorities in exchange for medical treatment and a one-year prison sentence, the authorities would need to make the announcement on TV. Then the author states that “I will write back to let you know exactly where I am. This is no joke…”Read another story from us: The Daring Jailbreak of Wyatt EarpThe FBI ultimately did not take the bait but did take the letter seriously enough to complete hand writing analysis, finger printing and DNA tests, all of which came back inconclusive.Since this letter, there has been no further correspondence and John Anglin, if he did survive, would have celebrated his 88th birthday on May 2, 2018.last_img read more

Fair showcases Costa Ricas favorite squash

first_imgSince 2003, the village of Laguna de Zarcero, in Alajuela province northwest of San José, has paid tribute to the chiverre with an annual festival. Zarcero’s soil and climate have helped the area become the biggest producer of chiverres in the country. This year, the fair was held March 23-25.Hundreds of families attended the event, which also featured cotton candy, churros (a delicious fried-dough pastry) and other sweets, and a cattle exhibition.The fair is organized each year by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Laguna de Álfaro Ruíz. Facebook Comments Feria del Chiverre More photos from this year’s Chiverre Fair at: www.theticotimes.tumblr.com. In Costa Rica, Easter Holy Week isn’t complete without thechiverre (Cucurbita ficifolia), a type of local squash that is eaten during Semana Santa.Chiverres are traditionally harvested a few weeks before Semana Santa so that Ticos can make sweet preserves or jam in time for the holidays. The recipe includes tapa de dulce (a traditional unrefined sugar), cinnamon and cloves. Chiverres also are used to make empanadas, or are spread on ice cream or cookies. No related posts.last_img read more

The Canadian Government is providing carbon pricin

first_imgThe Canadian Government is providing carbon pricing relief for greenhouse growers to ensure they can remain competitive in a global marketplace and avoid sharp price rises.The targeted relief for commercial greenhouse growers was announced to limit the impact of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA).There will be a partial relief on the carbon tax applied to the natural gas and propane, which is used to grow plants in a greenhouse.The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) welcomed the initiative, saying the relief would help to level the playing field for greenhouse growers domestically while at the same time keeping food affordable.“I’ve seen first hand the results that this kind of protection has afforded growers in British Columbia. I have worked closely with the British Columbia government to develop a carbon pricing relief program that supports this province’s greenhouse farmers”, said Linda Delli Santi, chair of the CHC’s Greenhouse Vegetable Committee.“Today I am pleased to see the federal government take steps to ensure our producers across Canada can continue to grow healthy fruits and vegetables in Canada for Canadians.”Rebecca Lee, the CHC’s executive director, added that they had been long advocating for relief for greenhouse farmers.“This federal announcement is a big step towards a more predictable and stable business investment climate and reduce administrative burden. We look forward to seeing how the exemption certificates will be rolled out,” she said.Meanwhile, CPMA president Ron Lemaire said: “While more work remains to be done, we look forward to future engagement with the government on the carbon pricing scheme and our industry’s competitiveness.”The greenhouse vegetable sector contributed more than CAD$1.4 billion (US$1 billion) in farm cash receipts to the Canadian economy with exports totaling more than CAD$964 million (US$740 million) in 2017.Photo: Shutterstock.com Mexico becomes first nation to ratify trade deal w … October 25 , 2018 ‘New NAFTA’ fails local growers, says Florida Farm … You might also be interested in Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … Canada’s cherry industry suffers 50% drop in seaso …last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals made serious waves improving

first_img The Arizona Cardinals made serious waves improving their pass rush this offseason by trading for Chandler Jones and drafting Robert Nkemdiche 29th overall.NFC West foes will feel the ripples of those moves. They’ll have to find a way to stop the much-improved defensive front.ESPN’s NFL Nation reporter Nick Wagoner, who covers the Los Angeles Rams, writes that the pass rush should benefit the entirety of the Cardinals’ defense. 0 Comments Share The Cardinals tied for 20th in sacks in 2015 with 36, though in fairness they were third in the NFL in creating pressure at 31.9 percent. But here’s where Jones and Nkemdiche should be able to help the most: Arizona again blitzed more than any team in the league at 45.1 percent. One would think the Cardinals’ addition of Jones and Nkemdiche was intended to allow them to generate pressure without having to dial up a blitz nearly half the time.Given the Cardinals’ talent in the secondary, a pass rush that doesn’t have to lean so heavily on the blitz would also allow them to get more creative in coverage and potentially lead to more big plays.Yes, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, the No. 2 cornerback-safety tandem in the league, are grinning from ear-to-ear.An NFC West unit that isn’t so happy about Arizona’s upgrades is the San Francisco 49ers offensive line. 49ers reporter Michael Wagaman believes San Francisco’s offseason planning will have much to do with how it can stop the Cardinals’ front-seven.The 49ers have major concerns along their offensive line, so any additional pass-rushers coming into the division isn’t good news for the team.Having quarterbacks get rid of the ball more quickly is a part of 49ers coach Chip Kelly’s offense. It was a big emphasis during offseason workouts, and Jones and Nkemdiche are a big reason for that.Although having not taken the field for his first game yet, Nkemdiche is already receiving praise from his divisional opponents. Sheil Kapadia, a Seattle Seahawks reporter, views the first-round pick as a force to be reckoned with. Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick Robert Nkemdiche (90) runs drills during an NFL football mini camp, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals clearly felt like they needed to upgrade their pass rush, and Jones is someone who’s posted 30 sacks in his past 41 games. Nkemdiche is the X factor. If the Cardinals’ coaching staff can get him to reach his potential, the Seahawks will face an enormous challenge when the two teams meet.The Cardinals and Seahawks are the favorites to battle for the NFC West title, and the matchup between the Cardinals’ pass rush and the Seahawks’ offensive line will receive plenty of attention before the two teams square off in 2016.last_img read more