Video: Duke’s Grayson Allen Appeared To Intentionally Trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding

first_imgGrayson Allen on the floor against Rhode Island.PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Duke and Louisville are locked into a tight battle at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 but now trail late in the contest.During the second half, Duke’s Grayson Allen drove to the basket and was knocked down. While he was on the ground, he appeared to intentionally trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding, who had corralled the ball and was dribbling up court.yep, that’s a trip by Grayson Allen … https://t.co/hAfZbZaFGb— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2016Definitely looks like he meant to do that.last_img read more

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School District 60 cancels all North Peace school buses today

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — School District 60 has cancelled all school buses in the North Peace today.In an announcement on their website, the school district said that poor visibility and road conditions across the North Peace have caused officials to cancel school buses for the entire day today. The School District added that schools will remain open for the day today.School District 59’s Transportation Manager Jeff Lekstrom said that despite the weather, school buses are all running on schedule in the South Peace today.last_img read more

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Standing Committee on Access to Information Privacy and Ethics releases agenda for

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has released the agenda for the upcoming second meeting on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy.From May 27 to the 29, expert witnesses will be in Ottawa to appear before representatives from at least 11 countries to give testimony on how governments can protect democracy and citizen rights in the age of big data.Witnesses appearing at the testimony include: Roger McNamee, Author of Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook CatastropheShoshana Zuboff, Author of The Age of Surveillance CapitalismMaria Ressa, Journalist, Author of From Bin Laden to Facebook:10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of TerrorismJim Balsillie, Chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Retired Chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerryEllen Weintraub, Chair of the United States Federal Election CommissionDaniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of CanadaJoseph Cannataci, Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, United NationsProfessor Heidi Tworek, University of British ColumbiaJason Kint, CEO Digital Content NextTaylor Owen, McGill UniversityIt is said that representatives from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and the Mozilla Foundation will also be in attendance to provide testimony. The only company not to have confirmed its attendance is Apple.M.P. and Committee Chair, Bob Zimmer, says he is looking forward to hearing from the testimonies of global tech experts about how to protect the privacy of citizens in the digital age. Zimmer also expects Facebook executives, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, to comply with the Committee’s recent subpoena.“I look forward to hearing from this list of global experts as they identify not only the issues surrounding big data and democracy, but also how we, as lawmakers, can work to find solutions to protect the rights of our citizens. Further, I expect Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg to comply with our subpoena, respect the will of lawmakers representing over 373 million citizens, and show up.”A link to the agenda can be found here.The International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy takes place May 27 to the 29, 2019 in Ottawa.last_img read more

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Female doctor found dead with throat slit in Central Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old female doctor was found dead with her throat slit in Central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area on Tuesday.Police said they suspect the role of another doctor, who is also deceased’s neighbour, missing from his room after the incident. Police identified the deceased as Garima Mishra who is the native of Uttar Pradesh and had shifted to a rented accommodation in street number-2 in Ranjeet Nagar area. She was preparing for her Doctor of Medicine (MD) after completing her MBBS. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that her throat was slit with a sharp object. “We suspect the role of his neighbour who was living in another room,” said DCP Central. He further stated that he is currently questioning the suspect’s roommate who claimed that he did not know about the incident. He works at a hospital in the city. He further said, “Once we catch the suspect, many things will be disclosed. Currently, raids are going on in different areas. The case is being probed from different angles.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe investigating agency is yet to recover the weapon of offence. A case under the appropriate section of IPC registered in Ranjit Nagar police station. Landlord’s son witnessed the horrific scene: Speaking to Millennium Post, landlord’s son Gautam Khurana said that at around 11:20 pm on Tuesday, the deceased’s cousin brother came to the house and told us that Garima is missing. “He was frightened. My mother told me to check the girl. I checked outside she was not there so I went up to the third floor where deceased was living,” said Gautam. He further said,”Cousin told me to broke the lock when I asked why, he said that Garima had to board a bus around 8 pm for her home town and she was not picking the phone.” Before breaking the lock, cousin checked through the window pane and told me that she was lying in the room and the fan was running. The lock was broken. “We saw that there was a pool of blood on the neck of Garima. I informed the police and later ambulance also came,” said Gautam adding that the cops took them to the police station for taking their statements. The deceased’s room was locked from inside. In January suspect and deceased took rooms on rent Gautam further revealed that the suspect was known to her. In January, both of them took separate rooms on rent. “After taking the possession of the room, the girl started living after 15 days. Both of them had worked in a Central Delhi’s hospital. “When we reach the third-floor, suspect’s roommate was available in his room,” said Gautam adding that they saw the suspect leaving the house in the evening. Investigation Police probing different angles in the case including love. It is also being suspected that there is a possibility that deceased might have resisted the attack. After the murder, all the senior officers of the Central district reached the spot and questioned many people to get the further clue in the case.last_img read more

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Ohio State aiming to avenge loss to Wisconsin gain revenge against Purdue

As if the Ohio State football team needed more motivation after suffering its first loss of the 2010 season against Wisconsin, its next opponent is a Purdue team that stunned the Buckeyes last season. “I think a lot of guys have had this one circled for a while now,” junior left tackle Mike Adams said. “At Ohio State, we never like to lose games.” Last season, a Boilermaker team that held a 1-5 record entering the game upset the Buckeyes, 26-18. Entering the game, OSU was ranked No. 7 in the nation. In the defeat, the Buckeyes committed nine penalties for 65 yards, compared to Purdue’s one penalty for five yards. For the second time since 2004, OSU had lost to a team that didn’t reach a BCS bowl game. “We didn’t play as well as we could,” junior linebacker Andrew Sweat told the media after Tuesday’s practice. “They played really well.” Adams said the coaches have been using last year’s loss as a motivational tool in hopes of preventing a second straight defeat. “They’re definitely reminding us. We got some posters up all over the place,” Adams said. “It’s something that they’re obviously going to do, and you know, we need to be aware, and we can’t let that happen again.” Sweat agreed that last year’s loss to Purdue motivates the Buckeyes but said neither team is the same as it was a year ago. “You remember it, but that just gives you motivation to do better this year,” Sweat said. “Ultimately, it’s a new year, and you just have to go out and fight.” Aside from avenging their loss to the Boilermakers, sophomore fullback Zach Boren said the Buckeyes are also motivated not to feel the sting of a loss for the second straight week. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” Boren said. “You’re kind of just sitting there in disbelief. You’re just like, ‘Wow, like, that just happened.’” OSU coach Jim Tressel said last year’s loss adds extra motivation for this year’s match-up, but he hopes his team gives the same kind of attention to each opponent on a weekly basis. “What you hope you have full attention of is what you have to do to get better, more so than it being Purdue,” Tressel said. Tressel also said he’s aware of the kind of attention the Buckeyes receive on a weekly basis. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure, and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions,” Tressel said. “Now let’s see how you can handle it.” This year will be OSU’s chance to knock Purdue down from atop the Big Ten standings, just as the Boilermakers did to the Buckeyes a year ago. Purdue is in a three-way tie for the conference lead, with Michigan State and Iowa also undefeated in Big Ten play. “We know they’re going to come in here and play hard. We went up there last year and they beat us, so we just got to go out there and get it done this week,” senior safety Jermale Hines said. “Any time somebody beats you, it goes towards motivation.” read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State ranked 21st in preseason AVCA Coaches Poll

OSU junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) takes a swing past Nittany Lion blockers during a game against Penn State on Nov. 12. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team will enter the 2017 season ranked as the No. 21 team following the release of the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll Wednesday.A season ago, the Buckeyes’ season ended in the NCAA regional semifinals to then-No. 3 Wisconsin — ranked No. 7 in the 2017 preseason poll — in five sets. They finished the season 22-13 overall and 10-10 in conference play.The Big Ten was the most represented conference, placing eight teams in the Top 25 including the aforementioned Ohio State and Wisconsin, as well as No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan, No. 17 Michigan State and No. 25 Purdue.Ohio State will play Minnesota, Michigan and Purdue twice each, while matching up against each of the other five teams only once during the season. The team will also play host to five ranked teams during the season.Coach Geoff Carlston will return several of the team’s regulars from last season, including senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and junior setter Taylor Hughes who were two of only three players to start in all 35 games and play in all 132 sets. Seven other players will come back for another year with the team. There is one transfer (junior middle blocker Jasmine Koonts) and five incoming freshmen joining the 2017 squad.The first matchup for the team will be on Aug. 25 at noon against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. read more

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De Gea looking for transfer away from Mourinho

first_imgManchester United’s current goalkeeper David De Gea has been looking at opportunities from all around Europe lately. However, he could sign a team no one has ever thought he would.The Spaniard seems sceptical about winning much silverware under the rule of Jose Mourinho while still playing for the Red Devils. Since Real Madrid stopped showing interest in him, he has been searching everywhere and he might eventually end up in – surpise! – Paris.He has been with United since 2011 and is currently considered one the world’s best goalkeepers. De Gea was rumoured to be joining Real back in 2015 but to no success. Despite not coming to an eventual agreement, Madrid’s door was still open for him until recently, when Perez set his sight on Roma goalkeeper Alisson.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…Paris Saint-Germain have been chasing the Spaniard for his signature. Despite not being really into it, De Gea might sign as his only desire right now is to leave Mourinho, according to Caught Offside.Jose Mourinho has been underachieving overall since he took over Manchester United in the last season – so far he has been able to win only the League Cup and Europe League, which is certainly not enough for the 27-years-old De Gea.last_img read more

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Son opened up about the dream win

first_imgSouth Korea managed to gain a shocking win against Germany and eliminate the world champions by achieving this result – and Son Heung-Min admitted that it is like a dream coming true.The Asian team had been already eliminated after being beaten 1-0 by Sweden a 2-1 by Mexico – but despite that, they tried their best and achieved a historic result against a very strong team as they scored both of their goals in the dying minutes.The Tottenham striker spoke about this huge win as he said, according to Reuters:“We beat the world champions and normally it’s a dream and we can be proud of the team.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Of course it’s disappointing because we lost in the group but I think I can be proud after this win and we can be proud of this win.”“We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I’m looking forward to the next World Cup.”“I’m a bit disappointed because we have a lot of good players and we couldn’t show them in the next round, but we’re looking forward to the next games.”last_img read more

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Marco Asensio could replace Ronaldo as Real Madrids new false nine

first_imgNew Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he is open to using Marco Asensio as a false nine ahead of his maiden campaign in chargeThe Champions League holders have a huge gap to fill in the centre of their attack with Karim Benzema being the only real option to take on the role as a false nine for the season ahead following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus last month.But Lopetegui made a surprise tactical change in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the International Champions Cup by putting Asensio in the role after coming off the bench.And the move proved to be a masterstroke with Asensio grabbing a brace to secure victory for the Spanish giants.Now Lopetegui has suggested that we may be seeing more of Asensio as a false nine for next season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It’s an option,” he admitted, via Goal.“Pre-season is a time when we can test different things and what we need to do is look for resources or different ideas within the team.“It was good to see him play at that position and he played extremely well. It’s not important where he plays but how he plays.”Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, although any prospective deal for the duo now appears to be extremely unlikely.Real will face AS Roma on Wednesday for their final pre-season friendly before taking on city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cuplast_img read more

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Pioli happy with Fiorentina performance

first_imgStefano Pioli has praised his players and expressed his happiness after Fiorentina demolished Chievo 6-1.Fiorentina thrashed Chievo Verona 6-1 at the Stadio Franchi. Marco Benassi scored a brace and there was late Giovanni Simone nutmeg. Pioli was delighted with the performance of his team. Football Italia reports.“I am happy, but there was more to it than the result. Chievo still caused us a lot of problems and at least it means we are capable of suffering under pressure in difficult moments,” Pioli said.“We started the season earlier than usual actually, as we hoped to play the Europa League preliminary rounds, but then Milan won their appeal and were reinstated.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We had a lot of friendlies and trained well, but there’s always the doubt in your mind on how it’ll work in a competitive match. This was the big test and Chievo did cause us problems, but we remained a unit and that’s what I wanted to see.“The midfield is where we made the most changes, but we had eight of the old guard starting, so I was confident. Edimilson has been training with us for two weeks and there’s a lot of potential in the team.“What we’re trying to do is provide entertainment for the fans and some beautiful football, because those are the characteristics we have.”last_img read more

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Registration Is Open For Annual Mount Marathon Race

first_imgOrganizers say many racers, including first-time Mount Marathon contenders, were “waiting at the stroke of midnight on March 1” to apply for a lottery spot. Applications can be made on the race’s website, where winners of the lottery spots will be announced in early April. Seward Chamber of Commerce officials said Thursday in a statement. “People who have run Mount Marathon and completed 10 or more races overall will also receive a spot, if one is available when they do so.” Last year, Allie Ostrander recorded her first victory on the full course; Ostrander set a personal best time of 49:19 and posted the second-fastest time ever in the women’s division. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The one-month registration period for the 91st annual Mount Marathon Race started on Thursday, March 1. The top 225 finishers from the last years race are guaranteed spots in this years event if they register before the March 31 deadline. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-mnt-marathon-registration.mp3VmJennifer-on-mnt-marathon-registration.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Soldotna Makes Last Minute Push For Field House Prior To Special Election

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representatives with the City of Soldotna, and the Field House project team presented an overview of the proposed field house to a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. PROPOSITION NO. 2019-AGENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FORCONSTRUCTION OF A FIELD HOUSE AND RELATED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTSAT THE SOLDOTNA REGIONAL SPORTS COMPLEXShall the City of Soldotna incur debt and issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) for the purpose of paying costs of construction of a Field House containing an indoor turf field and elevated track, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex?The bonds shall be secured by a pledge of full faith and credit of the City of Soldotna (Ordinance 2018-035)Yes     A “YES” approves the issuance of general obligation bonds.No      A “NO” opposes the issuance general obligation bonds. Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen, Public Works Director Kyle Kornelis and Project Co-Chair Tim Dillon gave the presentation. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. Dillon: “For years our young people have been traveling from Soldotna up to Anchorage on the weekends in order to use indoor facilities. You think about the safety back and forth, and the economic side of things. Well, with some of those people coming down this way paying for gas and food, that is going to dictate how this thing will get paid for.” center_img The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance back in December that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. Dillon: “I just think it’s something that is much needed, and it’s been on people’s mind for a long time, 15-20 years. I’m excited to see it come to a vote on March 5, and we will see where people want to go.”  The proposal will go before the voters within the City of Soldotna on March 5.last_img read more

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For AMI Canon Emmis Penton Others Life on the Bottom Rung

first_imgThere are other high-profile names on the list, too: Blockbuster Inc.,Chrysler, Ford, GM, JetBlue and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.Check out  the full list here … To the consternation of about 283 CEOs, Moody’s Investor Servicepublished its “Bottom Rung” list on Tuesday—a compilation of companiesthe firm thinks are at the greatest risk of defaulting on their debts. FOLIO: took a look at the bottom 30earlier, but the full list reveals a cringe-worthy portion ofpublishers and media companies.Some surprising; some, not so much:Advanstar Communications Inc.American Media Operations Inc.Canon Communications LLCEmmis Communications CorporationEndurance Business Media Inc.Hanley Wood LLCJobson Medical Information LLCMorris Publishing Group LLCPenton Media Holdings Inc.Questex Media Group Inc.Reader’s Digest Association Inc.Source Interlink Companies Inc.Auto, retail and manufacturing also make up large segments of thelist, but in aggregate, it represents almost every sector of theeconomy.last_img read more

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Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of September 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of September 30, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Donald M. Manson, 76Patricia Anne (Walsh) Moulton, 77Previously Lived In Wilmington:Ursula E. (Uhland) Tupper, 73Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Ralph Douglas Spurling, Jr., 72Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Airtel Payments Bank offers hefty interest rate on savings bank deposits

first_imgAirtel Payments Bank Ltd, a subsidiary of telecom major Airtel, Wednesday launched its commercial operations with an offer to give a hefty 7.25 percent interest rate on savings account deposits.With rolling out a pilot of its banking services in Rajasthan, it became the first payments bank to go live. In a regulatory filing to Bombay Stock Exchange, the bank said over 10,000 retail outlets across the state would function as banking points for the new payment bank.To attract cheap deposits, the bank will give a hefty 7.25 percent to customers, making it one of the highest savings bank rate in the Indian banking system.Most public and private sector banks are offering 4 percent interest rate on deposits with a few private sector banks providing 6 percent on the same. Interestingly, interest rates on fixed deposits have also fallen near the range of 7 percent in recent months.The new payment bank plans to expand its merchant network in Rajasthan to 1,00,000 by December this year, it said.Commenting on the launch, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Payments Bank, Shashi Arora said, “With this pilot, we have taken a big step towards the launch of our banking services and will be testing our operational readiness for full-scale launch across India.”In a bid to improve banking penetration in the country, Reserve Bank of India has issued licences to private firms for setting up payment banks. On August last year, the central bank issued licences to 11 entities including Airtel, FINO, Department of Post, Reliance Industries to set up payment banks.Payment banks will only accept deposits with no provision of giving out loans to clients. While it can open both savings and current accounts, credit card issuances are not allowed.last_img read more

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State Bank of India posts 134 rise in net profit for Q3

first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) shares were trading with gains of 1.58 percent at Rs 280 at around 1.19 pm on the BSE in response to the state-run lender posting 134 percent spike YoY in December quarter (Q3) standalone net profit to Rs 2,610 crore. The sharp increase was on account of higher other income and interest on deposits with the RBI and other lenders.Read: SBI may raise up to Rs 15,000 crore in next 18 months from capital markets, SBI Life IPOOther income rose 58 percent to Rs 9,662 crore on account of the bank selling 3.9 percent stake in its subsidiary SBI Life Insurance Company for Rs 1,755 crore. SBI’s holding as a result, now stands at 70.10 percent in the subsidiary. The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) and net NPAs stood at 7.23 percent and 4.24 percent, respectively, in Q3, marking an increase from 5.10 percent and 2.89 percent in the corresponding quarter last financial year. In the September quarter (Q2), the gross and net NPAs stood at 7.14 percent and 4.19 percent, respectively.Net interest income (NII) rose 7.69 percent to Rs 14,751 crore in Q3 as against Rs 13,697 crore in the year-ago period.Tota income was Rs 53,587 crore in Q3 as against Rs 46,731 crore in December 2015 quarter.SBI is the biggest lender in India and accounts for about a fourth of bank deposits and loans. Deposits spiked due to people returning the demonetised notes and stood at Rs 20,40,777 crore as of December 31, 2016 as against Rs 18,58,999 crore as of September 30, 2016.The BSE Sensex was trading 20 points higher at 28,349, led by Adani Ports, NTPC and TCS.last_img read more

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IGP thinks election environment better than ever

first_imgInspector General of Police (IGP) Javed PatwariInspector general of police (IGP) Javed Patwari on Thursday said the preparations of law enforcement agencies for the 11th parliamentary elections are better than any time in the past, reports UNB.”If the environment, now prevailing in the country, continues we can present a peaceful election to the nation,” he said.The police chief came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban.”We came here today to inform the chief election commission and the election commissioners about our plan for the election. It was part of our regular meeting,” he said.Brushing aside the complaint of Jatiya Oikya Front that police department is not under the EC now, the IGP said the complaint totally untrue. “The whole administration, including the police, is now working under the election commission,” he said.Javed Patwari did not respond when asked about the attack on Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain.Additional IGP Mokhlesur Rahman, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, DMP Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit Monirul Islam were also present.last_img read more

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Hurricane Hunters Land In Galveston To Raise Awareness

first_img– / 3Hurricane season begins June 1, and to make residents aware of it, officials are touring the Gulf Coast with their “Hurricane Hunter” airplanes. Crew chief Angel Negron gives me a tour of the G4 Hurricane Hunter by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The jet is tasked with flying near a hurricane that has formed over the water and determining which way it is moving.“After this airplane started flying in 1997, it improved the track models by about 25 percent,” Negron says.James McFadden manages the hurricane program for NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.“We drop sondes around the hurricane and out in the environment away from the hurricane, looking for the steering currents that will drive the hurricane,” he explains.These devices are small tubes with instruments inside. As they glide down with a parachute, they send information, such as temperature, pressure and wind speed, back to the plane.Visitors at the Scholes airport in Galveston also get to tour a C-130 Air Force plane that actually flies through hurricanes. It delivers the sondes into the storm to determine its strength and potential.Steven Cooper, director of the National Weather Service southern region, says they do this awareness tour every year – alternating between the Gulf and the East Coast.“We bring the planes out because it’s a good thing to grab, a visual grabber,” he says. “We have typically, I think there are about 600 school kids that are coming through today.”Cooper says it’s important to get people thinking ahead of the hurricane season so they make preparations and don’t get complacent.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:36last_img read more

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After Harvey Houston ISD Other Districts Could Get Break on Recapture Bills

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:10 APStephanie Garcia, left, waits with her family at a high school gym to be evacuated as the outer bands of Hurricane Harvey begin to make landfall, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in almost a dozen years.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Before Harvey flooded much of the city, the Houston Independent School District owed almost $80 million in so-called Robin Hood money. It’s considered property wealthy and has to share money with property-poor school districts.It worried Superintendent Richard Carranza in the wake of the storm, when he roughly estimated the damage and manpower hours could cost HISD hundreds of millions of dollars.“This is important for us, that we look at the totality of what’s going to be flowing out, in terms of resources, for HISD and that we have that very structured conversation about how do we make the district whole, or at least somewhat whole,” Carranza said. Turns out wealthy districts like Houston can get a break on their bill after a natural disaster.Attorney David Thompson, who counsels school districts, said that they can apply some of the money owed to the state to disaster-related expenses that insurance or the Federal Emergency Management Agency won’t cover.“Frankly, it makes a lot of sense,” he said. “After a disaster, local property tax dollars that citizens are paying certainly should be used first to help recovery in their own community before simply being sent to Austin to be put in general revenue.”Thompson estimated Houston’s bill could be reduced by several million dollars. He added that the Texas Education Commissioner could also set up grant programs for districts that suffered damage from Harvey, but aren’t considered property wealthy. Sharelast_img read more

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Judge Sides with DC in Ongoing Lawsuit over Strict Gun Law

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided Monday with the District of Columbia in an ongoing dispute over the city’s strict gun law, agreeing that the city can continue to enforce it while a lawsuit proceeds.Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied a motion by opponents for a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of portions of the law. Opponents immediately said in a court filing that they are appealing the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Opponents of the law include city residents and the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation. They object to portions of the law that require a person who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside their home to show he or she has a “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property” or another “proper reason” for carrying the weapon. Reasons might include a personal threat, or a job that requires a person to carry or protect cash or valuables.Kollar-Kotelly said in her 31-page ruling that opponents had not shown that their lawsuit was likely to be successful, leading her to deny the request for a preliminary injunction. She also noted that appeals courts in other parts of the country had approved of laws in New York, New Jersey and Maryland that are similar to the District of Columbia’s.Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling follows a lengthy legal back-and-forth in the case already. Opponents were initially granted a preliminary injunction by another judge in May 2015. That ruling was appealed, and the appeals court ruled late last year that the judge didn’t have the authority to decide the case. Kollar-Kotelly was then assigned to the case.Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in a telephone interview that the ruling was what they had expected from Kollar-Kotelly but that he appreciated that she made a quick ruling so that it could be appealed. Gottlieb said opponents look forward to ultimately winning their case.District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, whose office has been defending the city’s gun law, said in a statement that his office was pleased with the ruling “because it means the District will be able to continue enforcing its law requiring applicants for permits to carry concealed guns in public to state a ‘good reason’ for doing so.”___Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at twitter.com/jessicagresko. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jessica-greskolast_img read more

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