10 months agoSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utd

first_imgSolskjaer on hefty bonuses at Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on hefty bonuses if he can lead the team to success.Solskjaer is on-loan at United from Molde.And the Mirror says according to sources in Norway, Solskjaer will be in the money if he delivers silverware or qualifies for Europe.He is earning £1m, but qualification for either the Champions League or Europa League will net him a seven-figure bonus, while winning a cup will earn a £1m payday.However, should he become the next permanent boss at Old Trafford Molde are set to benefit to the tune of £8m in a managerial transfer fee. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

25 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staffby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add another member to his backroom staff.According to the London Evening Standard, Porto coach Vitor Matos is close to joining the Anfield club.The Portuguese will take on the responsibility of closing the gap between the academy and the first-team.It was the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before he was promoted following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.Matos previously worked alongside Lijnders at Porto.The 31-year-old enjoyed a two-year stint in China sandwiched in between spells at the Primeira Liga club. last_img

8 days agoMan Utd teenager Williams signs new contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Williams signs new contractby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have tied down Brandon Williams to a new contract.The promising teenager was impressive on debut in the Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar last month.The new deal will keep him at United until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.Speaking after the AZ result, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young fullback.”You won’t see a better full debut from a full back anywhere,” the Red Devils coach said.”The boy is just going to improve and improve. He’s got the right mentality. I’m very pleased for him.” last_img

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Says It’s “Messed Up’ That The Cardinals Pulled Their Offer From Matt Colburn

first_imgThe bad side of college football recruiting was showcased by Louisville Monday night, as the Cardinals pulled their scholarship offer from commit Matt Colburn, less than two days before National Signing Day. Bobby Petrino’s program received some serious criticism from recruiting analysts following the news, including this rant from a Rivals.com writer that called for all South Carolina high school players to boycott Louisville. Even a Cardinals’ commit thinks Louisville was rough on Colburn, a three-star running back out of Irmo, South Carolina. G.G. Robinson, a three-star defensive end committed to Petrino’s program, tweeted the following Tuesday morning. Man what Louisville did to my boy Matt was messed up….. That’s awful— GG (@GGRobinson85) February 3, 2015What Louisville did isn’t unheard of, but doing it less than 48 hours before National Signing Day seems fairly classless. The Cardinals’ 2015 class ranks No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

Cincinnati Apparel Company Has Hysterical New Ohio State Shirt Featuring Depressed Michigan Fan

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Michigan State fans are not the only ones delerious with joy after Michigan’s last play collapse on Saturday. Ohio State fans aren’t afraid to revel in any loss by the “Team Up North.” “Cincy Shirts,” an Ohio apparel company, printed a new shirt called “The Disappointment Up North” after the game, featuring the depressed Michigan fan that went viral after the Wolverines’ loss. It is pretty perfect.Sorry folks, but we had to! Depressed Michigan Fan shirt now available!Get yours here –> http://goo.gl/Y0zxowPosted by Cincy Shirts on Saturday, October 17, 2015The shirts are available for order at CincyShirts.com. We expect a few Buckeye fans will be interested in them.[CincyShirts.com]last_img read more

The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, Nov. 3———LIBERALS MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON MEETING ELECTION PROMISES: This weekend marks two years since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet was sworn in. Letters he sent his ministers outlining their tasks provide a way of seeing how many campaign promises his government has met. The government has met promises like restoring the long-form census, welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees and creating the Canada Child Benefit. Work on balancing the books continues.———UN REFUGEES CZAR LOOKS TO CANADA TO DO MORE: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says Canada has good credentials on helping refugees, but hopes it can do more. Filippo Grandi said on Friday that Canada can enhance its reputation by ramping up resettlement programs to help share the burden with countries facing an influx of refugees needing a new home. He is due to meet federal officials on Monday.———RAE TO BRIEF PM ON CRISIS IN MYANMAR: Canada’s special envoy for the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar will brief Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his findings at next week’s APEC summit in Vietnam. Bob Rae is touring a part of Bangadesh where 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar since a security crackdown have sought shelter. Rae is trying to arrange a meeting with Myanmar’s military leaders, who are being blamed for what some have called the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.———CANADA SLAPS A HOST OF SANCTIONS ON DOZENS OF INDIVIDUALS: Canada has announced dozens of sanctions as it highlights corruption and rights abuses in Russia, Venezuela and South Sudan. Among those hit with sanctions, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. It’s the first use of a new law passed last month that allows for sanctions against individuals who the federal government holds responsible for, or complicit in, gross violations of human rights or acts of corruption.———MOST CANADIANS FALL BACK THIS WEEKEND: Canadians in most parts of the country will move back their clocks an hour, but there are signs many people across the continent are fed up with moving their timepieces ahead one hour in the spring — losing an hour of sleep — and then turning them back in the fall. For example, the Alberta legislature rejected proposed legislation saying the change would pose too many difficulties for businesses. For the most part, Saskatchewan residents have never changed their clocks.———THE CBC’S OVERHAULED FLAGSHIP NEWSCAST UNVEILED MONDAY: One of the new hosts of CBC’s The National says they hope to show how a late night national newscast can still be relevant to Canadians. Ian Hanomansing is sharing the anchor duties along with senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, “Power & Politics” host Rosemary Barton, and Vancouver local news host Andrew Chang. Hanomansing and Arsenault will be largely based in Toronto, Barton will remain in Ottawa, and Chang will be in Vancouver, but each will do field and feature reporting and may be in different cities from time to time, giving “The National” a different look every night.———ALBERTA’S PREMIER CALLS FOR REGULATORS TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR PIPELINE EXPANSION: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is calling on the National Energy Board to quickly remove roadblocks on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in British Columbia. The City of Burnaby has not issued the permits to allow Kinder Morgan to expand its pipeline from Alberta. Notley is backing the company’s call for the NEB to act.———AMAZON BEEFING UP PRESENCE IN VANCOUVER: Amazon is opening another corporate office in Vancouver that will house an additional 1,000 workers. It’s not the highly sought-after second headquarters that has attracted the attention of communities and governments across North America. Amazon’s first Vancouver office was opened in 2015, which now employs more than 1,000 people, mostly software development engineers.———FIRST NATIONS GROUP DISAPPOINTED RCMP CLEARED IN SASKATCHEWAN CASE: The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says First Nations representation is needed in reviews about how police deal with Indigenous peoples. The federation is expressing disappointment that RCMP officers have been cleared of mistreating the family of an Indigenous man who was shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm. The RCMP said the allegations couldn’t be supported. The family has accused police of being insensitive, searching the home of the victim’s mother without permission and asking her if she’d been drinking.———DATA DETAILS HOW CLINTON CAMPAIGN EMAILS WERE STOLEN: Thousands of lines of raw data associated with the theft of Hillary Clinton campaign emails show how the Russia-linked hackers dodged strict security measures to pull it off. Minute-by-minute logs gathered by cybersecurity company Secureworks and recently shared with The Associated Press tell the tale. It took the hackers just over a week of work to zero in on and penetrate the personal Gmail account of campaign chairman John Podesta.———last_img read more

White Bear First Nation hosts youth survival camp

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe White Bear First Nation in southern Saskatchewan has wrapped up a successful nine week summer survival program for youth on reserve.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf travelled to the community and found out first-hand what it takes to live off the land.last_img

People dont verify fake news before sharing

first_imgMost people do not verify whether a new piece of information is accurate or fake before sharing it on social media, regardless of age, social class or gender, a study has found. Researchers at Ohio University in the US found that several factors can be used to detect misinformation, otherwise known as “fake news,” on social media. The study, published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology, found that, by looking at certain factors, it is possible to predict if someone is likely to share misinformation based on the same factors. “This is a pioneering study that helps understand why individuals would share misinformation on social media using a theoretical lens and information literacy factors,” said a professor at Ohio University. “Fake news and misinformation could be rightly termed as the major issues of our time. Almost every other study in this realm falls short of highlighting the vital role of individuals in halting the spread of misinformation,” he said in a statement. To test the research hypotheses that predict the sharing of misinformation, he extended his work from a US framework to gather data in Indonesia. Indonesia is not only one of the largest social media markets in the world, the country has caught news headlines for fighting misinformation and hoaxes, especially during its election season, researchers said. The study asked participants to rate their perceived internet skills, self-esteem and internet experiences as well as their attitudes towards fact-checking online information, belief in reliability, and how often participants shared information without fact checking. There were 396 participants in the study, which found that age, social class and gender did not play a huge part, but rather media and information literacy was found to be the biggest factor in recognising misinformation. Those who have a strong belief in the reliability of the information are more likely to share information online without verification, researchers said. The study found that people from lower education levels, lower income and those newer to the internet would benefit most from learning additional information literacy.last_img read more

Debt burden and BRI

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will have to hard sell BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) in the 2nd Forum, concluding today in Beijing. BRI envisages massive investment in infrastructure, encompassing marine, rail and road projects across 65 countries from Asian to Europe and Africa, that collectively account for 30 per cent of global GDP. BRI was expected to emerge as a fulcrum to the global economic and political landscape, under Chinese hegemony. However, fear of debt trap for smaller and weaker nations looms large. Further, in the light of the US-China trade war, BRI is losing the steam. Many of the debt-laden countries are scaling down their projects under BRI and some are feared for losing their political sovereignty. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe fallacy of the debt trap lies with China luring small and weaker nations with massive loans in the name of infrastructure development. And, when their debt is not paid, it captures their land and resources. It violates the global norms for a development loan, as it leaves little room for debt relief. Observers and analysts accused China of playing a game of bully with “debt diplomacy”. Certain projects become dormant despite the huge investment. According to the Washington Post, some projects with big investment make no economic sense. In Sri Lanka, Chinese loan was spent in the designated airport to handle a million passengers in a year. Now, it has been dubbed as one of the emptiest airports. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe harsh critic of BRI is Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohammad, who demanded re-negotiation of East Coast Rail Link project with Chinese financial support. The project was approved by the previous government. The present government reduced the scope and cost of the project by a third. His Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry accused over-pricing, which created a financial burden on the government. Joining the stream was Pakistan, who recently cancelled Rahim Yar Khan power project, which was part of BRI. It has cut the size of Belt and Road project by US$ 2 billion. The Railway Minister Rashid said that “Pakistan is a poor country that cannot afford huge debt burden” Sri Lanka has already sunk in the debt trap. Its Hambantota Port was taken over by China for a 99-year lease on account of Sri Lanka’s failure to repay the loan. Myanmar announced that it was wishing to scale down the Kyaukpyu Port project. In the Maldives, the ratio of debt to GDP sparked to 70 per cent, believed to be due to BRI. In August 2018, President of Maldives Abdul Yameen inaugurated Chinese–built bridge connecting two islands in the archipelago. One month later, Yameen was voted out and the new government began decoding the mountain of the debt burden. Yameen, a close friend of China, borrowed heavily from Beijing to build a new runway for the airport, housing development and hospitals and a long “China-Maldives- Friendship Bridge”. A study by the Centre for Global Development portrays eight nations vulnerable to Chinese debt trap under BRI. They are mostly African and Eurasia countries, and Pakistan. India is not a party to BRI. It suspected the project is a smokescreen, which China is using to siege strategic control on the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it poses a big challenge to India to increase hobnobing with its neighbours and friends in Africa. The Chinese debt trap leads to loss of financial sovereignty of these countries. Debts are turning into equity and finally, ownership goes to China. This will weaken trade opportunities between India and its neighbours, some of ASEAN nations and African countries. The growing burden of debt will give more opportunities to China to dominate the terms for trade and investment with the debt-ridden countries. SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Area) and ASEAN are the cases in point. It will be a new turf for Chinese backdoor entry to India through Bangladesh and Nepal and some ASEAN members. The surge in debt burden will increase India’s vulnerability in the emerging trade block, say RCEP (Regional Cooperation for Economic Partnership). The countries which are currently suspected to fall prey to the debt trap are members of RCEP such as Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. China is the biggest stakeholder in RCEP, which includes ASEAN 10 + 6 (China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and India). At present, India has a trade deficit with RCEP, which is mainly due to China. Given China’s predominance in RCEP, the major concern for India is the trade expansion with debt-laden countries, who are likely to lose trade sovereignty. It will provide a leeway to China for its backdoor entry into India. Apart from trade vulnerability, the debt trap will escalate security concerns. The growing debt burden, which will rip the political sovereignty of India’s neighbours, is feared to escalate security concerns. The acquisition of Hambantota Port in Sri Lank by China is a case in point, where security vulnerability will rise with Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. The port is likely to be used for China’s military base, as is suspected. Given the deceleration of BRI rhetoric in the wake of rising debt burden for smaller and weaker nations and the trade war between US and China, which hardly foresees cease-fire in the near term, it is imperative for China to reinvent the project. In light of this, India needs a constant watch and dialogue with debt-laden countries from the perspectives of trade expansion and deepening political relations with these countries. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

A Website Went Offline And Took Most Of Womens College Basketball Analytics

If you’re filling out your bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and want some statistical background to the broader forecasts, you have a slew of options. Start at Sports-Reference.com: powerful search tools; team rankings for anything from pace to point differentials adjusted for strength of schedule; and player pages with stats such as usage percentage, win shares and Box Plus/Minus. Ken Pomeroy’s site offers more detailed and adjusted team rankings and a wide array of individual player metrics. For $100 a year, Shot Analytics delivers detailed spatial analysis of shot selection, including weighted shot charts.If you’re looking for similar information to help you fill out an NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket, you’re out of luck.Last week, leading into the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sue Bird wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune about this analytic gender gap, noting, “The disparity between NBA data — even data across all male sports — and WNBA data is glaring. Data for the WNBA is relegated to basic information: points, rebounds, steals, assists, turnovers, blocks. While worthy of being noted, those are the most rudimentary numbers in our game.” There are a few slightly richer sources of data for the women’s professional game — Basketball-Reference.com will let you see the true shooting percentage and usage rate for WNBA players, for example — but Bird’s overall characterization of the data disparity is dead-on, and the effect is even stronger in college basketball. That’s true this month more than most.Until recently, the one repository for advanced statistics such as usage, true shooting percentage, pace-adjusted player statistics and adjusted team ratings for women’s college ball was WBBState.com, a vertical of data company National Statistical. But that source disappeared Feb. 29, when ServerAxis, the company that provided server space to National Statistical’s hosting company, suddenly took all its equipment offline. There are reports that ServerAxis was having financial problems, but the company has so far not responded to requests for comment. National Statistical also declined to comment on the situation on the advice of lawyers as it works to recover its data and bring the site back online.Exactly how a web hosting company pulls up anchor, ditches its Miami headquarters, and ends up 1,300 miles away in Chicago, allegedly waiting for its servers to find their way home, is almost certainly a fascinating story, but it’s secondary to the reality that an entire sport’s advanced metrics wing can be wiped off the map by a few nerds absconding with a few hard drives and turning off their phones. This is a corollary to the more global lack of statistical interrogation of women’s basketball — the data isn’t just shallow, it’s scarce, and that scarcity makes it fragile.What’s left behind is a patchwork collection of disparate scraps of data. ESPN has some statistics available for players and teams, but these cover only basic stats and are organized as leaderboards, so they can’t be searched or sorted beyond the top 50. You can find the full lists for most of those statistics, and a few others, on the NCAA’s website. It’s a thin statistical slice, and they are available for only the current season. Right now, if you wanted to find out where Breanna Stewart’s true shooting percentage ranked this season, or how many points per 100 possessions Baylor allowed, you’d need to scrape the data and calculate it yourself.A paucity of data in any sport doesn’t just trim down the “analytics” branch — it fundamentally changes the types of stories that can be told about teams and athletes. “The more data you have,” says Howard Megdal, a contributing editor for the women’s sports site Excelle Sports, “the more you have the ability to parse it, and to compare it, and to do it more easily, the more stories that are out there.”That’s no small point. In the landscape of women’s sports, college basketball in general and the NCAA Tournament in particular are enormously important. The nation’s attention has turned to college basketball, expecting rich, compelling and thorough analysis, and the women’s side, already handicapped by neglect, has lost one of its legs to a freak woodchipper accident. This leaves the writers who cover the tournament, missing servers be damned, in quite the lurch.“The NCAA has the standard points and rebounds,” Megdal says, “but I’m writing today and trying to make the point that South Carolina’s offense is actually more efficient than its defense. You know people talk about South Carolina’s defense all the time. I only knew that because of WBBState, and being able to see the tempo-free stats. So when I went to go and prove it, I can’t right now; I can’t reference those numbers. All I can do is say that they’re 17th in points per game, or whatever. And as I’m doing it, I’m well aware that I’m using a highly flawed stat that doesn’t begin to capture what I’m after.”In a way, that sums up the state of analytics in women’s basketball: Everyone knows that there are more powerful tools of observation waiting just out of reach, but there just isn’t much to do about it. Sometimes that’s because women’s leagues lack the financial might or institutional support to run in the lead pack; other times it’s because the wrong web host picked the wrong month to blow town. Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Ian Levy read more

Rooney I want to become a coach next

first_imgWayne Rooney revealed that he’s already begun work on earning his coaching badges as he enters the final stage of his playing careerThe 33-year-old striker will make an unexpected England farewell appearance against the United States tonight at Wembley.Despite rumours linking him with a short-term loan move back to the Premier League, Rooney will then return to Washington – where he intends to see out the remainder of his career.While his form for DC United suggests that his playing days are far from over, even Rooney knows that time is not on his side.However, the Manchester United legend plans on remaining involved with football by returning to England as a coach.“It is something I am passionate about and I want to do,” Rooney told the United website.“Obviously, I need to complete my badges, which I am doing over in the States.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Hopefully, by the time I come back to England, I will have them completed and be in a position to accept or reject any offers I get.”While coaching is his preference, Rooney wouldn’t rule out working as a TV pundit in the future.Fellow United legends Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes have all taken up regular punditry roles.“I would prefer to give coaching or management a go,” said Rooney.“If it doesn’t work out then I am sure there would be opportunities to do TV and whatever feels right for you.”Rooney is contracted at DC until 2021 after joining the MLS club in June.The friendly at Wembley between England and the US will begin tonight at 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Craig Levein reflects on embarrassing defeat

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein says he’s embarrassed after his side lost 5-0 to Livingston to Friday in the Scottish Premier League.It was goalless until the 72nd minute when Livingston were awarded a penalty and Hearts went on to concede four more goals in 18 minutes, leaving Levein humiliated by the final scoreline.“Horrible. Embarrassing. I just didn’t see it coming. We had things go against us in a short time frame, starting with Clevid (Dikamona) having to go off,” Levein told Sky Sports.“We’ve got injuries at centre-half without that happening. The second half, we started reasonably well. I felt we were better than the first half.News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“Then we’ve had a mad spell around the first goal when Bobby (Zlamal) has spent far too long making his mind up whether to come for the ball, and paid the penalty.“We lose Arnaud, I thought it was harsh, but it wasn’t what led to us losing five goals. That was down to us capitulating. We made them look like Paris St Germain at times.“Some people went in their shell and started looking after themselves. It’s embarrassing, it really is.“I have to give credit to Livingston but my main concern is making sure that, for our supporters, in particular, that doesn’t happen again. Because that just wasn’t acceptable.”last_img read more

Multiple people injured and three killed in smuggling attempt

first_img#CrestwoodIC [final] The IC has updated the injury count to 11 total patients:-5 minor injuries-3 major injuries-3 fatalitiesCommand has been terminated, the scene has been turned over to CHP. pic.twitter.com/RGK7Zu27y8— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) November 30, 2018The investigation into the smuggling incident is ongoing, and the Border Patrol is fully cooperating with the CHP in their investigation of the collision. Posted: November 29, 2018 Updated: 2:26 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOULEVARD (KUSI) – At least three people were killed and as many as 8 others injured late this afternoon when a truck being chased by border patrol agents crashed on Interstate 8 in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County, authorities said.The fatal crash occurred on the westbound side of the freeway near Crestwood Road shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.A witness told authorities one of the involved vehicles had been traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph just prior to the crash, the CHP reported.There were 11 people in the truck; three people were killed, three suffered major injuries and five sustained minor injuries, according to Cal Fire, which reported that most, if not all of the survivors were taken to a hospital.According to CHP, the truck was being chased by border patrol agents and crashed after possibly running over a spike strip.Two of the victims were in the truck’s cab, a white Chevy Silverado, and the rest were riding in its bed, the station reported.The wreck left both westbound lanes of the freeway blocked in the area into the early evening, according to Cal Fire. November 29, 2018 Multiple people injured and three killed in smuggling attempt Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

New York Editor on Founders Passing American Journalism Wouldnt Be What It

first_imgSEE RELATED: Magazine Pioneer Dies Clay Felker, the founding editor of New York magazine, died today at his home in New York City. He was 82. New York’s editor-in-chief Adam Moss sent over this statement:American journalism would not be what it is today without Clay Felker, and neither would New York City. Those of us lucky enough to work in the house that he built are reminded everyday of the depth of his genius. He created a kind of magazine that had never been seen before, told a kind of story that had never been told. Nobody I have ever met in this business was as passionate a champion of talent, as relentlessly curious, or as successful in getting the world inside his head onto the magazine page. He changed the way we look at this city, and, in that sense, the way we live in it. All of us who practice journalism today carry Clay’s legacy into everything we do, and we will never do it even half as well.New York contributing editor Kurt Andersen’s appreciation of Felker and his legacy is online here.CNN, IHT, the New York Times and the AP have also posted obituaries.last_img read more

DOD to Set Up Sexual Assault Task Force at McSallys Request

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is establishing a task force to help “eliminate sexual assault and sexual harassment in the United States military,” according to The Hill.The task force was requested this week by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former Air Force squadron commander who recently announced she had been sexually assaulted in the service.“I strongly believe we cannot take responsibility away from commanders due to the unique role commanders play in culture, readiness, good order and discipline, and mission,” McSally wrote in a letter to Shanahan. “However, we cannot accept the status quo.”McSally asked to meet with the task force next week in hopes of having recommendations to include in the fiscal year 2020 defense bill. ADC AUTHORlast_img

Did you know Salman Khan has given major number of debutants to

first_imgSalman KhanInstagramSalman Khan is not just a superstar in the industry for his acting but in real life too as he has often encouraged newer talents in Bollywood. Thus, many actor, actresses, music composers, and directors go to him at the beginning of their career.Salman has been a ‘Bhai’ to many in Bollywood and has a huge circle of friends. The actor, who has been consistently playing the lead hero since more than 31 years now, still holds his place among the top stars of the film industry with almost 100 percent success rate. The actor also mentors and launches several new faces in the industry.Let’s check out the number of people Salman has launched since the past couple of years.With his latest release, he introduced Pranutan and Zaheer Khan. Last year he introduced Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain with Loveyatri. Before that, the actor introduced Athiya Shetty and Suraj Pancholi with Hero, Daisy Shah in Jai Ho, Sonakshi Sinha with Dabbang, Zareen Khan in Veer, Sneha Ulla in Lucky: No Time for Love, Katrina Kaif in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Bhumika Chawla in Tere Naam, singer and music composer Armaan Malik and Amaal Malik. In future he will be launching Ashwami Majarekar in Dabaang 3 and Isabel Kaif in her upcoming film.The actor is currently busy with his upcoming film Bharat, in which he co-stars with Katrina Kaif and Disha Patani. Bharat has been shot in various locations such as Abu Dhabi, Malta and Punjab. The actors have in the past shared a number of pictures and video clips from the film’s shoot. For one of the shoots, the Wagah border in Punjab was recreated. The film will see Salman play multiple roles. Bharat is the official Hindi remake of 2014 Korean drama Ode to My Father.last_img read more

A fair for the frenzied

first_imgThough his real name is Siddiq Miah, he is quite all right with the local people calling him ‘Siddiq Pagol’ (mad Siddiq).This 60-year-old farmer has been organising a ‘pagol mela’ (mad people’s fair) in his village Kalagaon in Uttar Sreepur union of Tahirpur, Sunamganj district.Previously the fair was held indoors and included a feast and music. This year it was outdoors and on a much grander scale. The fair even had open-air stalls.This Pagoler Mela was held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the the Kalagaon Government Primary School grounds. The local government officials and the common people joined the ‘mad’ people in the fun.Siddiq said as no one pays heed to the welfare of the mad, and so he arranges this fair and invites everyone from the area. He arranges meals for the two days and the locals also help a lot, he said.As a devotee of Maizbhandari, Siddiq said, “This Pagol Mela is both an urs (a religious congregation) and a fair. We sing and chant prayers (zikr) as if in a frenzy throughout the night. No one bothers about the mad people. Since I am one, I think about the others.”Charagaon dweller Tajul said, “I am a disciple of Baba Bhandari and so is Siddiq Pagol. How can a crazed one not respond to this call?”A local, Ali Hossain, said, “There were some stalls this year with more people. There was music throughout Tuesday night and the observation was dedicated to Maizbhandari.”last_img read more

Qatar says Saudiled ultimatum unreasonable

first_imgA general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia. Photo: AFPQatar on Saturday denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis as unreasonable and an impingement on the emirate’s sovereignty.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt want Qatar to meet the 13-point ultimatum in return for an end to a nearly three-week-old diplomatic and trade “blockade” of the emirate.Qatar has been given 10 days to meet the demands, which apparently include a call to close down broadcaster Al-Jazeera, but Doha said the requests were unrealistic.“This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the beginning-the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism, it is about limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy,” said Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani, head of Qatar’s government communications office.“The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was ‘reasonable and actionable’.“The British foreign secretary asked that the demands be ‘measured and realistic’. This list does not satisfy that criteria.”The four Arab governments delivered the demands to Qatar through mediator Kuwait on Thursday, more than two weeks after severing all ties with the emirate and imposing an embargo.The document has not been published but has been widely leaked and the demands are sweeping in their scope.They include the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a long-standing source of conflict between Doha and neighbouring countries which accuse it of fomenting regional strife.Qatar faces Gulf ‘divorce’The ultimatum also includes calls for Doha to cut ties to groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State organisation, Al-Qaeda and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.Qatar has also been asked to hand over opposition figures wanted by its three neighbours and Egypt and to downgrade diplomatic ties with Iran.Notably, it has also been told to shut a Turkish military base in the emirate.Qatar’s foreign ministry said it was “studying” the list, “in order to prepare an appropriate response”.Meshal Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the United States, tweeted that the list was meant to “punish Qatar for its independence”.Qatar was warned by one of its most hawkish critics in the region that unless it meets the list of demands, Doha faces “divorce” from its Gulf neighbours.Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s state minister for foreign affairs, said Qatar should yield to the demands.“It would be wiser that (Qatar) deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbours or a divorce will take place,” he wrote on Twitter.The demands confirm that “the crisis is profound,” Gargash said, adding Qatar had leaked the document containing the demands.Speaking at a news conference on Saturday, Gargash called for guarantees from Western countries to help resolve the row.“If Qatar follows the path of wisdom… we would need a system of guarantees and controls” in order to implement an accord with Doha, he said, calling for “European and American guarantees”.‘Attempt to silence’Al-Jazeera, one of the largest news organisations in the world, responded to the demands by saying it “deplores” calls for it to be taken off air.“We in the network believe that any call for closing down Al-Jazeera is nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people’s right to information,” said the broadcaster.In the other official response out of Qatar, its Human Rights Committee said the demands represented “gross violations” of basic rights.Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.As well as cutting diplomatic ties, Qatar’s neighbours closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate’s only land border, vital for its food imports.Qatar is home to the largest US base in the region, Al-Udeid, and Bahrain is home to the Fifth Fleet of the United States Navy.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged a diplomatic solution, and Washington has been pushing for a clear list of grievances that are “reasonable and actionable”.His spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday the United States was “mystified” that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies had failed to present details justifying their embargo on Qatar.US President Donald Trump, however, has made statements siding with Saudi Arabia in the crisis.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday that any conditions placed on Qatar should be “measured and realistic”.last_img read more

DC Program Matches Residents with Jobs

first_imgBy Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROEarlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.Bowser announced September 5 that the District has exceeded its goal and matched over 1,180 Washingtonians with job opportunities in just 11 weeks.The 1,000 Opportunities program is exceeding expectations.(Courtesy photo)“With the help of our community partners, the 1,000 Opportunities initiative has already surpassed the original goal, and we’re not slowing down,” Bowser said.1,000 Opportunities was launched as part of the Safer, Stronger DC initiative, a broader series led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the Office of the City Administrator. It is aimed at creating new pathways to employment and violence prevention across the District and since its launch has hosted community events, enrolled over 350 at-risk youth in a free summer enrichment program and expanded residential clean teams.Training opportunities were provided by the Department of Employment Services through Project Empowerment, DC Quick Path to Transportation and Back to Work 50+.On September 15, a 1,000 Opportunities conference will be held at the DC Infrastructure Academy, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, SE, providing residents with resume advice, helping to hone their interview skills and to talk about more opportunities.For more information go to 1kopportunitiesdc.com.last_img read more