10 months agoLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelona

first_imgLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Las Palmas coach Sergio Lobera is pleased for Jeison Murillo over his move to Barcelona.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan with the option to sign permanently from Valencia.Lobera said, “He is a player who when he played in Segunda B in Ceuta I suffered from him as a rival when he played in Cádiz. “He has a very good profile for Barça. He has good passing, technically he is very good, tactically also and has personality to play the Barça style. “He has good aerial play, is very competitive and is also a great person.”He added: “I think he can play even before Clement Lenglet. At an experience level the Frenchman would probably have more, but if given the opportunity, he could be the big surprise.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States future secured with NCAA Tournament bid

Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinal, head coach Chris Holtmann was confident that his team’s body of work was representative of an NCAA Tournament team. He felt the same the day after, telling Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith he felt the Buckeyes were locked in as an 11 seed, maybe even a 10. Then Sunday rolled around. “As each hour passed today and I studied the numbers, I studied myself into absolute paranoia,” Holtmann said. “I just had to stop. Thank God we had practice.” For the first time in his coaching career, Holtmann experienced what leading a bubble team was really like. And on Sunday, sequestered in a room together as a team, experiencing the pressure of the unknown as a group, the unknown became known. Ohio State was an NCAA Tournament team. “All season long, we have been leaning on each other just throughout the struggles,” senior guard C.J. Jackson said. “Obviously this year has had its ups and downs and just to see our name pop up there is a bit of a sigh of relief.” For redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, Ohio State’s name popping up as an 11 seed set to play Iowa State in Tulsa, Oklahoma was validation that he made the right decision to join Holtmann for his final season. This was what came to mind for the second-year head coach when Ohio State’s future became secure, watching Woods achieve what he has wanted for his collegiate career. “Keyshawn, the reason he came here was to play in the NCAA Tournament,” Holtmann said. “It wasn’t me. He basically came here and said, ‘Hey, I’m putting my faith in you that I can get there.’” Woods echoed that sentiment, saying the NCAA Tournament was always on his mind when selecting a school to spend his last season. “It’s the whole reason why I chose to become a Buckeye,” Woods said. “The belief I had in the guys, C.J., coach Holtmann, the staff, it’s a great feeling, especially to see our name pop up there.” But Holtmann said, at the beginning of the season, what Woods strived for was no guarantee. He said the Buckeyes had to establish a new identity from the very start of the season. Even with that, playing well, finding the right players to mold into his scheme and game plan, Holtmann said a Tournament bid was not exactly expected. “I thought we would have to play well. I did,” Holtmann said. “I thought it was if we played well, I thought it would be very close.” Now that Ohio State has made the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row — Holtmann’s fifth-straight season dating back to his head coaching tenure at Butler — the approach is not one of appreciating the bid. Simply put, the Buckeyes want to show up. “I don’t think that was just our goal: just to make the Tournament. We are not here just to play one game in the Tournament,” Jackson said. “We are here to actually win some games and make a run. Not winning anymore games up to this point is not our approach and not what we are thinking.” Ohio State will begin that run against Iowa State, a team that had just won the Big 12 Championship Saturday against Kansas and had defeated six ranked opponents this season. Holtmann thought the Cyclones might be the No. 1 team of all the six seeds, saying they could have easily been a five seed. No matter Ohio State’s performance against the Cyclones in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Jackson will end his season in the big dance, in March Madness: where he wanted it to end. And as for the future, Jackson said that is not unknown. “I just think that that shows that Ohio State is back and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon.” read more

Real Madrid to pursue £100m deal for De Gea

first_imgReal Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.last_img read more

Moyes reveals the moment Ferguson decided to retire

first_imgScottish manager David Moyes revealed the exact moment in which Sir Alex Ferguson decided to retire as the Manchester United manager.As we are living in complicated times for Manchester United and every manager who comes realizes that he has a huge void to fill after Ferguson’s retirement, fellow Scotsman David Moyes was the first one to experience the exact moment in which Sir Alex revealed that he planned to retire.Far from feeling the enormous pressure that came with the Manchester United manager’s seat, Moyes understood at that moment the huge impact that Ferguson’s retirement would cause in the club and world football in general.David was still Everton FC’s manager at the time when he got a mysterious call from the Red Devils boss, he gave a detailed account of the meeting during an interview for Open Goal and he let the world know the intimate moment in which the legendary Scottish manager first revealed the news to anyone from outside his personal circle of friends.David Moyes describes secret meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson where legendary manager handed him Man United job https://t.co/9gp9rvcyME pic.twitter.com/SIgCocQlyj— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 3, 2018David Moyes said: “He (Ferguson) said, ‘Come to the house later’. I says, ‘Aye, OK.’ That’s what you did when he called. But I’ve got a pair of jeans on. It’s my day off. I’d never turn up to Alex Ferguson’s house with a pair of jeans on – that’s just the way I’ve been brought up. I wouldn’t do that.“I was like, What am I going to do – nip to Marks and Spencer and pick a pair of trousers up? Anyway, I dropped my wife at the shopping centre and I go and get to the door and say, Sorry, I’m in my jeans’. He says, ‘Aye come on in,’ and he made me a cup of tea.”“And that was it. He says, ‘I’m retiring’. And the biggest thing, he says, ‘Nobody’s to know. You can’t tell anybody’. He says, ‘Tell your wife, but don’t tell anybody else’. And we talked after that. He opened a bottle of red wine and we had a couple of glasses. And we talked about the squad for about half an hour, an hour. And he says, ‘Come back tomorrow, the paper are coming to meet you tomorrow here in the house again’.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.David Moyes lifts the lid on secret meeting that ended his 11-year reign as Everton manager: Former Blues boss was summoned to Sir Alex Ferguson’s house to be told he was succeeding him at Manchester United https://t.co/0wNePufH84— Sports News Desk (@sportnsdesk) October 3, 2018“So that’s what I done. So it was as simple as that – he offered me the job and that was it. I never got a chance to say, ‘No’ or, ‘By the way, what about this or that?’ “He went through the squad and just went on with it. That was exactly it and maybe in hindsight there needed to be much more done and said, but why would there be? I trusted him and why would I need to do more than that?”“I went back and told my wife in the shopping center but I couldn’t tell my kids, couldn’t tell my dad, couldn’t tell anybody. The biggest thing wasn’t me getting the Man United job, it was Sir Alex retiring, and I couldn’t say a thing,” describes David Moyes in detail about the moment that one of football’s biggest secrets at the moment was bestowed upon him.We all know how he did as the Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson, nobody has managed to fill his shoes ever since, not even Jose Mourinho who is struggling to keep his job as we speak.Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson. Dominance. pic.twitter.com/meXvotwgeV— Classic Football (@ClassicFootbaIl) September 29, 2018What do you think about this revealing information that David Moyes disclosed about Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Junkanoo Carnival in Nassau better social media rows

first_img Related Items:#BahamasJunkanooCarnival, #magneticmedianews, #MPShaneGibson, #NassaulegofJunkanooCarnival Some foreigners angry by Junkanoo Carnival delay Recommended for you Photo Credit: Bahamas Junkanoo Carnivalcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Nassau leg of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival seems to have received much better support than in Grand Bahama. Minister of Labour and Golden Gates, MP Shane Gibson was on Facebook bragging about the turn out, but seemed to irk followers when he penned that ‘some haters are soooo disappointed.’ The ‘so’ was with five Os for emphasis. Comments directly to Gibson, ranged from agreement with the minister on the reaction to strong support of the third Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, to invitations to come out and join the fun, to appreciation for the revenue the event is earning, to concern that there were many still wondering about getting a job to make ends meet, another suggesting the money could have been better used on something else and others who wanted to see the repairs promised since Hurricane Matthew complete. Gibson is the minister with responsibility for workers and was made the so called, hurricane czar, to oversee the clean up and restoration efforts including management of millions of public and donated dollars. #MagneticMediaNews#NassaulegofJunkanooCarnival#MPShaneGibson#BahamasJunkanooCarnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Donte Armbrister Bahamian Tennis Player at Commonwealth Youth Games

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 22, 2017 – Nassau – Fifteen-year-old Donte Armbrister started playing tennis from the age of 6. He enjoyed learning the game and practiced frequently for three years as a recreational player initially, then eventually graduated to playing on a competitive level in the sport he currently has come to love.“Tennis is really a mental game. You have to use your head a lot,” said Donte.On July 20, Donte represented The Bahamas internationally in a tennis match at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, held at the Tennis complex on the grounds of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. He added that to prepare for the match, he put in at least one to two hours practice for 5 days a week during his training.“I played against a male player from Cypress. I lost 6-4 and 6-3, but it was a nice competitive match and we fought well. I learned that I’m a fighter and I can find my way through tough times,” said Donte.He reflected humbly on his new experience and admitted that the Commonwealth Youth Games encouraged him to press on in the sport and learn from his time here.“Thank God, we have the opportunity to play for The Bahamas. It was a nice experience to meet different cultures, play against them, and make friends,” said Donte.Story by: Gena GibbsPress Release: BISPHOTO CAPTION: Donte Armbrister, interviewed by BIS Writer, Gena Gibbs. (BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

James Rodriguez keen to discuss Bayern Munich future

first_imgJames Rodriguez is reportedly keen to initiate talks with the Bayern Munich board over their future plans for him over the winterThe Real Madrid loanee has enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Munich for the last two seasons and has allegedly attracted the interest of Serie A champions Juventus.While Rodriguez’s loan deal will expire at the end of the current campaign, Bayern does retain the option to sign him on a permanent deal for €42m.However, Sport Bild reports that Rodriguez is not quite sure whether he wants to remain with Bayern on a permanent basis.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…The German outlet also added that a summer exit for the highly-rated Colombian winger is a strong possibility right now.Apparently, Rodriguez and his representatives intend to begin talks over his Bayern future in either December or January.Aside from Juventus, Rodriguez has also gained interest from clubs in England with a return to parent club Real another possibility.Rodriguez has managed 11 goals and 16 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions for Bayern since arriving in 2017.last_img read more

House Beautiful Uses Watermark To Gain Visitor Info Boost Engagement

first_imgHearst’s House Beautiful magazine is taking advantage of the newest publishing technology trend—digital watermarks—to provide expanded content options and to tap insights about readers.“I see this Digimarc water mark as the next technology to be incorporated into the magazine experience,” says Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. “This allows us to be able to deliver additional content and different content in ways that we haven’t been able to do before.”The November issue of House Beautiful will be one of the first magazines to feature a a digital watermark on its cover, placed in the lower right-hand corner (pictured). The watermarks allow the magazine to see what devices a person is using to access the content. “Whether it’s an Android device, an iPhone or an iPad 2, the watermark tells us,” he says. “We’re really interested in getting that information because it will be revealing in some ways.” Turner says digital watermarks are like QR codes in that they can enhance editorial content. However, he says, a digital watermark can do so without disrupting a publication’s style and format with a QR code graphic. Additionally, the editor says it can help engage younger audiences and expand demographics.“It’s all natural to them to be able to connect to different mediums,” he says. “This can be a seamless, obvious next evolution for them.”The editorial mission can be expanded—and keep people in-app longer—through utilizing the watermark to integrate features a traditional magazine could never provide. In the case of House Beautiful, which may photograph a beach home, capturing a view of the ocean out a window was difficult. Now within a photo placed next to an article, a watermark can be incorporated to provide readers with a 360-degree view.According to the most recent comScore figures, House Beautiful has 489,000 unique visitors and over 13 million page views. The average time spent on its Web site is 20 minutes. The group would not disclose how many users have download the magazine’s iPad app.Turner says the publication will commit to doing at least 5 digital watermarks per issue beginning with the October edition—he says the number was picked to create a minimum presence within the digital pages. An area in the table of contents of the digital magazine is also devoted to links that include all the watermarks in the publication.So far, readers seem to be engaged with the new watermark and product.Ambience Inspired Interiors wrote on the editor’s Facebook page, “I’m enjoying the highly interactive November issue! Thanks for taking HB to the next level—it is so enjoyable!!!last_img read more

Coffee Day selling Tech Park to Blackstone for Rs 3000 cr

first_imgAn employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd on Wednesday approved selling Global Village Tech Park of its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd in Bengaluru to the US-based private equity firm Blackstone for Rs 2,600 to 3,000 crore over the next 30-45 days.”The Board of Directors approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone for a transaction value of Rs 2,600-3,000 crore,” said the city-based company in a regulatory filing on the BSE.The decision comes a fortnight after the company’s founder-chairman V.S. Siddhartha was found dead on July 31 in a river near Mangaluru on the state’s west coast.”Parleys with Blackstone were underway by Siddharth since January when he was looking at selling his or the holding company’s equity stake to raise funds for pairing high-cost debts,” a source told IANS.The New York-headquartered Blackstone specialises in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies.”The transaction is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals in the next 30-45 days,” added the filing.The board also approved disinvesting in its step-down arm AlphaGrep Securities Ltd to Illuminati Software Ltd for Rs 28 crore.The 9-year-old Delhi-based IT firm is involved in the data processing.”The twin transactions will help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” added the filing.last_img read more

Police involved in drug trade

first_imgMilitancy and drugs are the main concern for the law enforcement agencies in recent times. Most people are affected by these two issues.The police is frequently accused of being involved in drug dealing and addiction. Police headquarters have already taken punitive measures against 67 policemen in the first six months of the year.Police headquarters on 31 January this year issued a 10-point directive for the police of all over the country to uproot the drug trade. The first directive was to identify members of the police members who took undue privilege from the drug dealers and take departmental action against them and to file criminal cases against them if necessary.As a result, 67 policemen were punished from January to June this year. It was not known that how many were punished after July as the reports are yet to be submitted.A senior police official involved with narcotics intelligence, on condition of anonymity, said the field level police members are well informed about how, where and who is involved with the drug trade.Speaking with the correspondent, drug traders said policemen are involved with drugs in three ways.One section is taking drugs, another is selling part of the seized drugs using their sources, and another section is helping in drug trade by taking bribes.A number of policemen were arrested for being directly involved in the drug trade. Police are also accused of collecting money from people by threatening them with false cases.Speaking with Prothom Alo on the issue, police headquarter spokesperson, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) (Media) Abdul Alim Mahmud said, the police follows ‘zero tolerance’ policy on drug issues. The policy is same for the accused policemen. Criminal cases are filed against anyone who sells or take drugs.He said a policeman however faces criminal cases as well as administrative cases for being involved with drugs.The majority of the accused are from DhakaA total of 23 of the 67 accused policemen involved with drugs are from different police stations in Dhaka including Gulshan, Wari, Motijheel, Tejgaon Industrial area and riot police. Among the others, 10 are from Jessore, seven from Tangail, four from Bogra, three from Noakhali, two each from Manikganj, Chittagong, Sirajganj, Chapainawabganj and highway police, and one each from Khagrachhari, Sylhet, Habiganj, Jhalkati, Chittagong metropolitan area, Barisal and Sylhet. Three members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) are also involved with the illegal trade. Punitive measures have been taken against them.Five policemen were sent on forced retirement for taking drugs. Two of them are from Khagrachhari and Habiganj.Noakhali police superintendant Ilias Sharif said action was taken against assistant deputy inspector Shimul Kanti Das, constable Shaheen Ahmed, constable Shahnewaz and Rasel after they identified positive in drug tests.Most of the police members from Wari division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) faced punishment in the first six months of this year.Deputy commissioner of Wari division police M Fariduddin told Prothom Alo that a phensydyl addict policeman was arrested along with 43 bottles of phensydyl. A member of tourism police was also arrested with drugs in Wari. Our correspondent visited a number of locations identified as drug trading spots in Dhaka including Chayantika area of Mirpur, Khilgaon and Sher-e-Bangla Nagar where a number of drug traders said they pay police to do hassle-ree business in the area.A drug trader of Mirpur said, “Drug deals are conducted through police informers. The informers collect the bribes for the police. The police informs the drug traders before the drives are launched.”The drug trader use to pay Tk 1,000 to 1,200 per week to police before being jailed.Asked how he went to jail despite negotiations with the police, the drug trader said he was sent to jail as he was not on good terms with police at the time.Locals from Tilpapara area of Khilgaon said the drug traders are on good terms with police. If they are arrested, they serve for a short time and continue business after coming out.A ward commissioner of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) seeking anonymity said “We talk a lot against drugs during our beats or on Open Day. We also hold meetings against drug use. Then we forget. Both police and local representatives keep mum, taking illegal privileges.”Speaking to Prothom Alo, former IGP Nur Mohammad said the police knows where the drugs are coming from and how it is sold. So it is not hard for police to find the people involved with it.Asked about what he did during his tenure as IGP, Nur Mohammad said, “I dismissed the policemen if the allegations against them were proven.” * This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Hudalast_img read more

Hasina calls LDC graduation a slap on basket case story

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh’s graduation to the developing country group is a slap on the faces of those who had thought it would be a ‘bottomless basket’ after the independence.”During the liberation war, a quarter used to say what Bangladesh would gain after its independence….it would be a basket case. I think this (Bangladesh’s graduation) is a slap on their faces…the Bangalees have showed that they can,” she said.The prime minister said this while opening the month-long solo art exhibition of world-renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has arranged the exhibition featuring artworks derived from a 20-year span of the iconic artist of Bangladesh.United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the media partner of the exhibition.Chaired by cultural affairs secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, the function was addressed, among others, by independence award-winning artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and director of the Ganges Art Gallery Smita Bajoria.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP), a United Nations panel, recently made an announcement on the country’s eligibility at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh got the UN recognition as a developing country. “We’ve learned how to stand on our own feet economically …we’re not dependent on anybody. We’ve proved we can develop the country by ourselves,” she said.The prime minister said she wants Bangladesh to be built imbued with the liberation war spirit. “Our country will march ahead and stand up with its head high.”Keeping that view in mind, she said, the government has taken every single step to take forward the country with various development programmes. “Make it sure the spirit we’ve brought back after a long fight doesn’t fade away again.”Recalling the sacrifice of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina said this land is the country of all.”This land won’t become a country of Razakars and Al Badrs again; this is my desire,” she said.The prime minister said her government has made tireless efforts to revive the true history of the liberation war as some generations got deprived of learning it.”Once a distorted history was projected before them …our aim is to highlight the true history so that we can get a dignity as a victorious nation,” she said.Hasina said Bangladesh lost its way after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 as distorted history gives birth to distorted character of people. “And this happened at that time,” she said.The prime minister said Bangabandhu struggled throughout his entire life and spent his days in the dark cell of jail year after year but he never bowed down to anybody.Hasina said a nation which is developed in education, art and culture can make progress.She urged all the artists to come forward to spread the spirit and ideology of the liberation war through their respective means.Hasina said one’s hunger cannot only be met through food. “There is also a hunger of the mind which needs to be met. This hunger can be met through art, culture and literature,” she said.Mentioning politicians and cultural activists are complementary to each other, she said it is not possible to achieve any success if poets, writers, painters and artistes join a programme together.The exhibition will remain open for all from 11am to 8pm every day (3pm to 8pm on Fridays).At the function, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a book ‘Amar Muktijuddha’ by Shahabuddin Ahmed. A documentary on Shahabuddin Ahmed titled ‘Colour of Freedom’ was screened at the function.The prime minister also witnessed an acrobatic exhibition of the children of Shilpakala Academy.She later visited the gallery and saw the displayed artworks of Shahabuddin.Thirty-two selected artworks are up for display depicting the artist’s affinity with Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, his fascination for Bangabandhu and other recurring themes Shahabuddin is well-known for.In 2000, the government of Bangladesh honoured Shahabuddin with the ‘Swadhinata Padak’, while the French government conferred upon him the prestigious civilian award Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres(Knight in the Order of Arts & Literatures) in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation’s cultural clique.last_img read more

Terry And Chauna Thompson Attend Their First Court Hearing In The John

first_img– / 2Terry and Chauna Thompson were arraigned Tuesday for the murder of John Hernandez.The 178th District Court at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, near downtown Houston, was totally packed as Judge Kelli Johnson read the charges to the Thompsons.The judge set the conditions of the bail bonds, which include taking drug tests and forbids access to firearms.After the hearing, David Mitcham, who leads the Trial Bureau for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, assured the media gathered outside of the court room that “the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to seeking justices in the death of John Hernandez.”On his part, Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson’s defense lawyer, said the couple feels threatened because of the multiple protests about this case and added that Hernandez was the initial aggressor, so he is not ruling out using a self-defense strategy.“I haven’t seen all the evidence but yes,” noted Courtney, while he added that “whenever somebody has force used against him, they are then authorized to use force in defense of themselves or others.”Greg Cagle, who is defending Chauna Thompson contended that her job as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, although she is currently on an unpaid administrative leave, is a disadvantage for her.“My client probably would not be indicted but for her job title. I don’t think anybody else would be indicted for murder for touching someone on the arm,” Cagle said.The Thompsons next court hearing is scheduled for July 14th.Separate from the criminal trial, John Hernandez’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against the couple. 00:00 /01:14 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

UPDATE Supreme Court Declines To Take Up DACA Yet White House Says

first_imgThe March 5th deadlineThe Trump administration has not tried to block the injunctions that force it to continue operating the program. Though the March 5 date is now moot, Greisa Martinez, policy and advocacy director for United We Dream, said DACA supporters planned to demonstrate in Washington on that day.“Over 1,000 people will mobilize to Congress on March 5th because although you can apply to DACA based on the ruling, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have the protection of DACA,” Martínez said. The Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it wouldn’t step in to the case now means the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will likely be the first appeals court to weigh in on the topic, the step before the case would return to the Supreme Court.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined other states in lawsuits to keep DACA in place, cheered the Supreme Court announcement Monday.“It’s a victory for all Dreamers, certainly a great victory for California,” Becerra said during a phone call with reporters. “It’s a victory for the rule of law and it’s a victory for our economy.”The Ninth Circuit has set no date to hear arguments but has given lawyers dates by which they must file briefs that run through April. Andrew Pincus, an attorney who represents more than 100 businesses that intervened in support of DACA, said June is probably the earliest that the court would rule.Trump on Monday didn’t seem to hold out much hope of winning at the Ninth Circuit, criticizing the liberal-leaning court by saying “nothing’s as bad as the Ninth Circuit.”“I mean, it’s really sad when every single case filed against us is in the 9th Circuit we lose, we lose, we lose and then we do fine in the Supreme Court,” he said.Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Statement on DACA:The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal of the decision requiring the federal government to keep DACA in place is good news for thousands of Houston-area families, students and teachers. We remain steadfast in our commitment to make sure every child, regardless of their immigration status, gets a high-quality education. Over the past several months, families have felt a great deal of anxiety and this court decision brings much-needed relief. We continue to support the dreams of our young people and their desire is to build a better life for themselves, their communities, and the nation as a whole. Share MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO / KUTThe U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services will have to accept applications of renewal for DACA after the Supreme Court decision, at least until the appeal process is over. In the image, a group of of people demonstrates for DACA in Texas.The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.The announcement means the case affecting “Dreamers” will have to work its way through the lower courts before any Supreme Court ruling is possible. The case could also become moot if Congress takes action in the meantime. Right now, however, further congressional action is in doubt after the Senate stalemated on the issue two weeks ago.The Supreme Court’s decision for now to stay out of the case on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, wasn’t surprising. It’s highly unusual for the Supreme Court to hear a case before a lower appeals court has considered it.But DACA supporters hailed the decision as a significant — if only temporary — win. President Donald Trump said the case would now be heard by an appeals court and “we’ll see what happens from there.”“You know, we tried to get it moved quickly because we’d like to help DACA. I think everybody in this room wants to help with DACA,” he said to visiting governors. “But the Supreme Court just ruled that it has to go through the normal channels.”DACA has provided protection from deportation and work permits for about 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.In September, Trump argued that President Barack Obama had exceeded his executive powers when he created the program. Trump announced he was ending the program effective March 5 and gave lawmakers until then to come up with a legislative fix.But in recent weeks, federal judges in San Francisco and New York have made Trump’s deadline temporarily moot for people who have sought and been granted renewals; the rulings do not extend to people who are applying for the first time. Judges issued injunctions ordering the administration to keep DACA in place while courts consider legal challenges to Trump’s termination. As a result, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed accepting and processing DACA renewals in January, just as it had before Trump’s September announcement.last_img read more

Researchers find most BitTorrent users being monitored

first_img Explore further Image from the research paper. BitTorrent file sharing sites work by means of a Peer to Peer sharing scheme. Users log in and download chunks of a file they want from several different other users at the same time who share the load as a swarm. At the same time, files that they’ve already downloaded are shared with others. The protocol and hosting sites, known as trackers don’t differentiate between files that are traded legally, or illegally, hence the presence of monitors, which are “users” or clients that log in for the express purpose of finding out who is downloading illegal content. The very nature of the protocol makes it very easy for such monitors to note which users are downloading which files as it’s all tracked via IP addresses.One way to get around having an IP address cataloged by a monitor is to block their IP address; disallowing them from joining the swarm that is sending pieces of files. Users who frequent BitTorrent sites generally become aware of what are known as blocklists (lists of the IP addresses of known monitors); unfortunately, the researchers found such lists to include many false positives and negatives, making them generally useless in preventing monitoring.To figure out which clients were real users and which were monitors, the researchers noted several characteristics of the monitors that make them stand out. One was the fact that monitors tend to hold a large number of the subnets that access sharing sites. Other ways were that they tend to stay connected a lot longer than regular clients and to connect to a lot more swarms and also generally fail to report actually ever completing downloads. In short, they are simply much busier and active, though with little to show for it, than users who generally tend to only log on when they want a certain file and then go away for a period of time after they get it.After compiling lists of IP addresses they suspected of belonging to monitors, the team compared them against other known information about such IP holders and were able to verify that many of them were indeed known BitTorrent monitoring entities. They conclude by making it clear that virtually everyone that uses such sites to download files will have their IP address cataloged at some point, but add that the information gathered by such monitors likely wouldn’t withstand legal scrutiny. More information: (Phys.org)—Researchers from Birmingham University in the UK have found that users who frequent BitTorrent file sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay, risk having their IP address logged by monitors as quickly as within three hours of getting on. The team, led by Tom Chothia, discovered the extent to which monitors are tracking users on such sharing sites by monitoring activity themselves over a two year period. They found as they note in their paper presented this week at the SecureComm conference, that virtually all users of such sites wind up having their IP address noted and recorded at some point. Citation: Researchers find most BitTorrent users being monitored (2012, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-bittorrent-users.htmlcenter_img Press release This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Anonymous exposes visitors to child porn sites © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

US team meets officials to discuss Obama visit

first_imgIn order to ensure fool-proof security during the upcoming Republic Day celebrations in which US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest, Delhi Police held meetings with sleuths of US Secret Service and top police officials of neighbouring states to chalk out a coordination plan and identify any possible challenges on Friday.According to sources, officials of the US Secret Service discussed the overall security set up for Obama’s visit and also sought a certain details regarding the hotel he would stay, routes he will travel and the places he will visit. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThey have also asked access to CCTV cameras installed on all the routes traveled by the US President and several emergency exit routes were also finalized for President Obama’s entourage. In a related development, an interstate co-ordination meeting aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination in order to address various issues related to policing in NCR was held under the chairmanship of Commissioner of Police BS Bassi today at PHQ.The main objective of the meeting was to share terror related intelligence and inputs about various extremist outfits and their designs, besides curbing criminal activities in NCR region and having better coordination on all aspects of policing in view of the coming Republic Day and Delhi Assembly Elections.last_img read more

Anticonversion law needed Kalraj Mishra

first_imgAmdist ongoing row over “ghar wapsi”, BJP leader and Union Minister Kalraj Mishra on Wednesday said an anti-coversion law was needed and every party must support it.”We have been saying from the beginning that a law should be framed on conversion and every party should support it. I am of the opinion that an effective law should be enacted on this issue,” he told PTI in an interview. Kalraj said he had already favoured framing of such a law. He also made it clear that the party had nothing to do with the the ‘ghar wapsi’ programme of VHP.last_img

FHRAI put forth its concern over Supreme Courts order on liquor ban

first_imgThe Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) in haste of exploring legal remedies with regards to the recent Supreme Court Order on the sale of liquor at establishments which fall within 500 metres range of State and National Highways from April 1, 2017. The discussion on the subject was moderated by Amitabh Devendra, Secretary General, FHRAI.Dilip Datwani, President, FHRAI- Western India Chapter, said, “Statistics prove that there is a correlation between drunk driving and enforcement, but not between drunk driving and existence of hotels or restaurants. Otherwise, there would be no drunken driving cases or resulting accidents in Bihar and Gujarat where we have total prohibition and yet there are innumerable accidents due to drunk driving. No country has ever banned hotels & restaurants to curb drunk driving.”Datwani further said “Rs 2,00,000 crores loss to the exchequer and closure of more than one lakh establishments is not a small thing. We would not have minded being sacrificed if the ban were to yield results. But reality is that all the job losses and other damages would be wasted.”“Total consolidated loss to both states and to the industry will be around 2,20,000 crores. The entire MICE industry including weddings, corporate events will be negatively affected,” said Garish Oberoi, Treasurer, HRANI & Vice President, FHRAI.“There has been an unprecedented blanket ban on all national highways across the country without seeing the practical aspect of the topography and terrain of the cities, in the process having affected hotels and restaurants, who have invested crores of rupees towards the development of the tourism industry in the country,” continued TS Walia, Vice President, FHRAI.“Most of the entrepreneurs who bid as part of Government PPP tourism projects along national and state main roads and highways had modelled their cash inflows on these experiences considering room conferencing, food, beverages revenues over their concession periods. A lot of these establishments with significantly reduced business will result in distressed financial assets and may lead to a large scale NPA situation for our banking and financial system and may severely impact the investment climate in tourism and hospitality in India. It will also stall the Indian growth story for many years to come,” added Sudesh Kumar Poddar, EC Member, FHRAI.Banning the sale of liquor within 500 metres of the highways, the liquor ban on highways has affected at least 1,000 star hotels in Maharashtra including the VIP Lounge at the domestic airport. Maharashtra is expected to lose estimated yearly revenue of Rs 7,000 crore.last_img read more

Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has secured a furthe

first_imgQatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has secured a further package of broadcast rights for France’s Ligue 1 football league between 2012 and 2016.The company fought off competition from French pay TV operator Canal Plus to win the package of six weekly matches that they will offer on a pay-per-view basis. It was also awarded the rights to a weekly magazine programme. In addition to the two matches per week package it had already acquired, the broadcaster will air a total of eight matches from France’s top football league each week.The latest deal with the Ligue de Football Professional makes Al Jazeera a prominent player in the French football rights market. It also holds international rights to Ligue 1 and the majority of French broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League until 2015.last_img read more

Sony and FIFA have announced plans to produce thre

first_imgSony and FIFA have announced plans to produce three full matches from this summer’s football World Cup in Ultra HD, or 4K, in a move they said will help to accelerate the expansion of this technology. The international football federation said that it will use Sony’s 4K equipment and production processes to film one game from the final-16 team stage, one quarter final match and the July 13 final from the Estadio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.Sony and FIFA will also jointly produce the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Film in 4K. This will include a selection of games, including the final, and be distributed online after the tournament is over.“We are very excited to offer an entirely new viewing experience at the greatest sport event in the world, the FIFA World World Cup,” said Soichi Kawachi, the Sony vice president in charge of the FIFA partnership.“By leveraging our cutting-edge 4K technology and our premier products and solutions through our partnership with FIFA, we will deliver a unique and totally compelling entertainment experience, conveying the excitement of the matches in Brazil with the depth and vividness that the ultra-high definition of 4K delivers.”FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson added: “We are excited by the prospect of working with Sony to incorporate 4K technology in our production plans. 4K will propel fans around the globe into a whole new viewing dimension and it marks the dawning of a new era in the broadcasting of sport.”last_img read more

Weve gotten used to new technology that comes alo

first_imgWe’ve gotten used to new technology that comes along and renders obsolete the old tech it displaces. But there are also plenty of instances where the new meshes nicely with the old, changing the world in amazing and unforeseen ways. That’s what I thought when I stumbled across an article from BusinessWeek about a five-employee startup company in Maine called Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT). This outfit unites innovative new materials with one of humanity’s hoariest engineering accomplishments: the construction of the arched bridge. Specifically, the company has designed a system that allows for the building of a new bridge in as few as 10 days, with no heavy equipment involved. What’s more, these structures—because they offer greater protection from corrosive factors like weather and salt—are projected to have a longer life than those made with traditional construction techniques. Although materials are a bit costlier, that’s more than offset by savings in labor. AIT’s technique involves using concrete-filled, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composite tubes. Many people probably still think of carbon as the stuff that makes up the human body or the end of a graphite pencil, or what is left over after you burn paper. OK, most know that it also makes diamonds. But turning it into a fiber that’s strong enough to replace steel in bridge arches? That doesn’t seem possible. Yet it is. Here’s how the process—”Bridge in a Backpack,” as it’s known—works: CF is possible because of one of the peculiarities of carbon is that it can exist in a number of different forms (allotropes), depending on the way the atoms bond together. Each of these allotropes—which can be fashioned by nature into coal and by man into buckyballs and nanotubes—will have very different properties. For example, each carbon atom in a diamond is covalently bonded to four other carbons in a tetrahedron. These tetrahedrons together form a three-dimensional network of six-membered carbon rings. Graphite, on the other hand, consists of sheets of carbon atoms (“graphene” sheets) arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern. The structure of CF is similar to graphite, with the difference being in the way the graphene sheets interlock. One surprising fact is that while carbon fibers are generally thought of as a space-age material, their lineage actually dates back to the late 1800s. Thomas Edison used carbon fibers in his early light bulb filaments, which required the ability to conduct electricity while remaining fire resistant and capable of enduring the intense heat needed to create incandescence. In order to make the fibers, you start with a raw material, or precursor. Edison took a cellulose-based precursor such as bamboo and baked it at high temperature in a controlled atmosphere in a carbonization process known as “pyrolysys.” It’s similar to what we still do today. The technology took a long time to evolve. Bamboo and other such materials were not replaced as precursors until the introduction of rayon into the process in the late 1950s. That yielded the first high-tensile-strength fibers. Shortly thereafter, in the early 1960s, modern CF arrived with the discovery that polyacrylonitrile, derived from petroleum, was the ideal precursor. However, this early manufacturing process produced a fiber that was only 55% carbon. At present, polyacrylonitrile is still the source of 90% of the world’s carbon fiber, but purification has improved dramatically, with standardization of quality coming in 1990. The precursor is now stretched into long strands, and then heated to a very high temperature without allowing it to come in contact with oxygen. Without oxygen, the fiber cannot burn. Instead, the high temperature causes the atoms to vibrate violently until most of the non-carbon atoms are expelled. This method of carbonization leaves a fiber that’s nearly 100% carbon. Carbon fibers are relatively expensive when compared to similar products such as glass or plastic fibers, due to the manufacturing process being slow and energy intensive. But their properties—high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance, and low thermal expansion—make them desirable for particular applications, especially when combined with resins and molded. (If perchance you have some DIY home projects that might benefit from carbon fiber molding, you can have a go at it, beginning with this tutorial.) That is to say, CF by itself is an interesting material, but alone it’s of little value in structural applications. What really kicked its usage into high gear was what happened when it was added to different kinds of resins to create composites, generally termed “carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers” (CFRPs). You may remember the first composite tennis racquets, which revolutionized the game in the early 1980s. And as soon as they could, golfers of a certain age began choosing carbon fiber (usually mischaracterized as “graphite”) shafts instead of steel for their clubs, because the former are more forgiving and much easier on older bodies. Even before that, though, governmental and private aerospace efforts had been quick to embrace the possibilities. Carbon fiber composites’ favorable strength-to-weight ratio means weight savings of 20-30% over heavier metals. Thus it began to replace steel and aluminum—wherever possible consistent with safety—in airplanes and helicopters… a godsend for the Air Force. But commercial interests weren’t far behind. Weight reduction is everything in the airline business. A modern jet aircraft is apt to have carbon fiber all over the place: in its fairings, landing gear, engine cowls, rudder, elevators, flaps, fin boxes, doors, floorboards, and many other components. Much the same happened in extraterrestrial craft. CF has gone into space with NASA and on to the moon. Again, weight considerations are paramount when lifting off from the earth. But equally important is a lower ablation rate (i.e., the speed at which a material is stripped away by the friction of reentry), along with higher bulk density, superior mechanical strength, and high modulus (inelasticity). Carbon fiber composites—including carbon-carbon, which consists of CF-reinforced graphite—that have been densified fill the bill, and are used in nose tips and heat shields. The space shuttle was largely dependent on CF materials. CF/epoxy composites made up the payload bay doors and the shuttle’s remote manipulator arm. Likewise for satellites, which require high specific stiffness and dimensional stability to combat the large temperature swings in space. Thus similar composites are employed in fabricating antenna ribs and struts. Lately, there has also been much publicity about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, as they are more commonly called. UAV bodies are likely to be made of CF materials. So are the gondolas and tail fins used in blimps. But carbon fiber is not only found in such esoteric arenas. It’s very much a part of the more grounded aspects of life. For example: Race cars—The sport has used the tech to create faster cars with lighter bodies. Among NASCAR and Formula 1 race cars, each of them has a body constructed from carbon fiber composites. Street wheels—While the cost of CF bodies for cars has put them beyond the reach of ordinary consumers (i.e., those who can’t afford Lamborghinis), that’s about to change. CF’s properties make it ideal for electrics, where lighter weight means longer distances between battery charges. BMW plans to be first to market with its electric city car, the i3, slated for release in 2014. Despite the higher cost of a CF body structure, the company will realize savings in the water and electricity needed to make it; thus the i3 will be marketed for about the same cost as conventional 3 Series models. BMW concedes the risk involved, but chances are it will not be the last company to make this leap. Sporting goods—We’ve already mentioned tennis racquets and golf clubs. But that’s just the beginning. CF has also become an integral part of such products as sailboats, rowing shells, canoes, bicycles, motorcycles, tripods, fishing rods, hockey sticks, paintball equipment, archery shafts, tent poles, protective helmets, pole vaulting poles, and pool cues. Shoe manufacturers use carbon fiber as a shank plate in some basketball sneakers to keep the foot stable. Music—Increasingly, CF is finding its way into such things as drum shells, bagpipes, and stringed instrument bodies. It also goes into high-end audio loudspeakers, and musical accessories such as violin bows and guitar pickguards. Building retrofits—CFRP can be applied to enhance shear strength of reinforced concrete by wrapping fabrics or fibers around the section to be strengthened. Wrapping a building column can also improve its ductility, greatly increasing the resistance to collapse under earthquake loading. Such seismic retrofit is a major and very cost-effective application in earthquake-prone areas, since it is much more economic than alternative methods. The use of ultra-high modulus CFRP is also one of the few practical methods of strengthening cast-iron beams, to which it can be bonded. Infrastructure—Prestressed concrete cylinder pipes (PCCP) account for the vast majority of water transmission mains in the US. But they are prone to corrosion and gradual deterioration. Failures of PCCP are usually catastrophic and affect large populations. But over the past decade, CFRPs have been utilized to line PCCPs internally, resulting in a strengthened structural system. Inside a PCCP, the CFRP liner acts as a barrier that controls the level of strain experienced by the steel cylinder in the host pipe. The composite liner enables the steel cylinder to perform within its elastic range to ensure the pipeline’s long-term performance is maintained. Medicine—The poster boy (at least, before his arrest on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend) for carbon fiber prosthetics was South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who ran in the Olympics on his CF legs. Weapons—CF can substitute for metal, wood, and fiberglass in many areas of a firearm in order to reduce overall weight. Carbon fiber is also a popular material in crafting the handles of high-end knives. Other consumer products (with the caveat that many of these currently are expensive vanity items)—These include such things as wallets, money clips, belts, corkscrew bodies, organizer trays, iPhone cases, license plate frames, attachés and briefcases, laptop stands, duffle bags, sunglass and eyeglass frames, toilet seats, luxury bathtubs, coffee tables, table lamps, pens, sushi plates, and, yes, cigar cutters. All of this merely scratches the surface. The fact of the matter is that carbon fiber has in a relatively short time become an integral part of modern life. New applications are popping up literally on literally a daily basis. Usage is expected to drive a $13+ billion/year business by 2015. That figure will be amplified a great deal as cheaper, more efficient manufacturing techniques are developed. If carbon fibers were suddenly to disappear, we’d be up the proverbial creek without a (CF) paddle… [Doug Hornig is a senior editor for Casey Extraordinary Technology.]center_img Whether AIT will be able to convince a sizeable chunk of the notoriously conservative construction industry that this is in fact a better approach remains to be seen. But so far, it has been involved in the construction of 13 bridges, mostly in Maine, Massachusetts, and Michigan. In any event, the unlikely image of bridge supports made out of fiber got me to wondering just what other uses there might be for this miracle material. I knew that my golf club shafts use it, for example, and that it’s in some car parts which used to be metal. But where else do we find it? Well, turns out that it’s just about everywhere. First, though, just what is it anyway? Carbon fiber, or CF, is a material made up of carbon atoms bonded together in crystals along the long axis into filaments about 5-10 μm (micrometers) in diameter. This is what one such filament looks like; it’s laid atop a human hair for comparison purposes.last_img read more