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US slaps 220 per cent duty on Canadas Bombardier jets

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Commerce Department slapped duties of nearly 220 per cent on Canada’s Bombardier C Series aircraft Tuesday in a victory for Boeing that is likely to raise tensions between the United States and its allies Canada and Britain.Commerce ruled that Montreal-based Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell jets at artificially low prices in the U.S.“The U.S. values its relationships with Canada, but even our closest allies must play by the rules,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said.Canada responded by saying it “strongly disagrees” with the U.S. move.“This is clearly aimed at eliminating Bombardier’s C Series aircraft from the U.S. market,” said Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs.Bombardier, meanwhile, called the decision “absurd …. U.S. trade laws were never intended to be used in this manner, and Boeing is seeking to use a skewed process to stifle competition.”In April, Boeing charged that Bombardier had received at least $3 billion in subsidies from the governments of Britain, Canada and the province of Quebec. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer asked the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate the alleged “predatory pricing.”Specifically, Boeing said that Bombardier last year sold Delta Air Lines 75 CS100 aircraft for less than it cost to build them.“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain,” Boeing said Tuesday.But Delta has said Boeing did not even make the 100-seat jets it needed.“Boeing has no American-made product to offer because it cancelled production of its only aircraft in this size range — the 717 — more than 10 years ago,” Delta said in a statement Tuesday.President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to get tough on trade. He has repeatedly criticized Canada, saying it unfairly blocks U.S. dairy products and subsidizes its softwood lumber industry. Trump also has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can’t negotiate a better version with Canada and Mexico.Boeing’s complaint against Bombardier drew a backlash even before Tuesday’s decision. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau threatened this month to stop doing business with Boeing, which is in talks to sell Canada 18 Super Hornet jet fighters. British Prime Minister Theresa May has discussed the case with Trump. Her concern: Bombardier employs more than 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland.Connecticut Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy last week wrote a letter urging U.S. government officials to “refrain from taking action that will endanger the many jobs in Connecticut that depend upon Bombardier.” Engines for the C Series aircraft are made by Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, Connecticut.Commerce’s findings Tuesday aren’t the end of the matter. The department is expected to announce its findings in another case against Bombardier early next month. Then the International Trade Commission — an independent federal agency that rules on trade cases — will decide early next year whether to uphold Commerce’s duties.Bombardier could appeal any sanctions to a U.S. court or to a dispute-resolution panel created under NAFTA. The Canadian government could also take the case to the World Trade Organization in Geneva._____________________________________Gillies reported from TorontoFollow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPlast_img read more

Bud Light debuts bigger nutrition labels

first_imgDETROIT — Beer drinkers can’t claim blissful ignorance for much longer.Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer’s calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving.Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren’t legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020.Many brands, including Corona Light, Guinness, Heineken and Coors Light, already have calories and other nutrition information on their bottles or packaging. But it’s in small type, or hidden on the bottom of the six-pack, and ingredients aren’t listed.Bud Light went with a big, black-and-white label, similar to the ones required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on packaged foods. At the top, Bud Light lists its four ingredients: water, barley, rice and hops. Below that, it shows the calories in a 12-ounce bottle or can (110) and other facts. Bud Light contains 2 per cent of the recommended daily amount of carbohydrates, for example.“We want to be transparent and give people the thing they are used to seeing,” said Andy Goeler, vice-president of marketing for Bud Light.Individual bottles and cans of Bud Light won’t have the full labels, but they’ll continue to have some nutrition information printed in small type.Goeler said the brand’s research shows younger drinkers, in particular, want to know what’s in their beer.“They have grown up really in tune to ingredients,” he said.Goeler said he didn’t know when other brands owned by Bud Light parent Anheuser-Busch — including Michelob and Stella Artois — would adopt bigger nutrition labels.But the question is: Will such labels make a difference in the choices consumers make? At least one study suggests they won’t.Researchers at Cornell University and Louisiana State University tracked what happened when diners were given menus with calorie counts. It found that diners who knew the calorie counts ordered lower-calorie appetizers and entrees, but the calorie counts had little impact on orders for drinks and desserts.John Cawley, an economics professor at Cornell and one of the authors of the study, said diners seemed to respond most to information they didn’t already know. They were probably surprised by the calories in some appetizers, for example, but already knew the general range for a glass of beer or wine.Cawley said it’s telling that a light beer would be the most forthcoming about its ingredients and nutrition information. Bud Light’s sibling, Budweiser, has 35 more calories and four additional grams of carbohydrates, according to the brand’s website.Ultimately, the biggest changes may come from manufacturers themselves, not consumers, Cawley said. Since nutrition labels were first required in the early 1990s, companies have competed to look healthier or remove objectionable ingredients like trans fats.“That is actually the biggest public health victory of all,” Cawley said.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Presslast_img read more

New Marvel Comic Book LeBron King of Rings

LeBron James’ amazing year – league MVP, NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold medal – added another memorable accolade: comic book character.Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up for “LeBron: King of the Rings,” a limited-edition comic book that will be published in the Oct. 19 NBA Preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. A preview of the comic is currently available online at ESPN.com.The comic imagines what would happen if James actually did make good on his promise to bring Miami not one, “not two, not three. . . not seven” championships.”The story begins after Team USA wins Olympic gold, and it follows James’ journey through self-improvement, as he works on late-game free throws with Golden State Warriors legend and foul-shooting phenom Rick Barry picks up helpful pick-and-roll tips from Tibetan monks. Seriously.Along the way, he defeats a zombie Shane Battier and overcomes recurring quad injuries by building himself bionic legs. The comic follows him through the 2029-30 season, when, after finally winning his seventh title – as a Cleveland Cavalier, believe it or not — King James finally announces his retirement.Fans will have to wait to find out if LeBron wins that elusive eighth title, as the ending will be decided by a SportsNational poll on ESPN.com.The comic was announced at Saturday’s New York Comic Con by ESPN The Magazine editors Ty Wenger and Otto Strong.“We tried to play off the known story lines of LeBron James and his career,” Wenger said in an interview with Marvel.com. He also pointed to his “personal theory about why basketball and super heroes go together very well” as part of his inspiration for the story.There has been debate about whether James could eclipse Michael Jordan as the best player of all time. Chances are, Kobe Bryant will end up as the closet to touch Jordan’s legacy. But neither Bryant nor Jordan can claim to be a comic book hero. read more

Miami Marlins Owner Defends Blockbuster Trade

Jeffrey Loria, Miami Marlins owner, defended the pending blockbuster trade Wednesday that would send shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for your prospects.Loria was asked Wednesday during the winter meetings in Chicago why he dismantled most of the talent on the team after a short period of time.“We finished in last place. Figure it out,” he told CBSSports.com in aggravation.Loria went on to tell the website that trading the veterans was the right decision after finishing 69-93 for the season.“We have to get better,” Loria added. “We can’t finish in last place. We finished in last place. That’s unacceptable. We have to take a new course.”Loria hopes that he can production out the players that he will receive from the Blue Jays: shortstop Yunel Escobar, right-hander Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and prospects Jake Marisnick (OF), Adeiny Hechavarria (SS), Justin Nicolino (LHP) and Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) to the Marlins, according to ESPN.The trade will potentially save Loria and the Marlins approximately $150 million, if the players pass their physicals, which does not sit well with South Floridians who just paid for the new ballpark.“Everybody in the world wants to talk about the Marlins and the fact that they’re now a Triple-A team,” city commissioner Marc Sarnoff said, who was against the building of the new stadium. “The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from the baseball standpoint, it won’t be viewed by the general public as a positive move.”Reyes and Buehrle were signed to massive contracts in free agency last season to draw attendance to the new stadium. The attendance barley topped 2.2 million after being projected to draw almost 3 million fans.Former Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen may have contributed to the low attendance. In April, Guillen praised former Cuba leader Fidel Castro, which ignited backlash from Cuban residents and members in Miami’s Little Havana community. The attendance was unable to recover after Guillen’s remarks.While the projections were off by the Marlins management, they have potentially unloaded a total of $163.75 million in guaranteed salaries through 2018, which includes the $96 million due to Reyes.The salaries for 2013 include $11 million for Buehrle, $10 million for Reyes and $13.75 million for Johnson in the final year of his contract. Approximately $154 million of guaranteed salaries are coming off the Marlins’ books, which does not include cash that may be involved in the trade.When the Marlins begin opening day, their payroll is estimated to be $34 million, which would be their lowest since 2008. The Marlins reached an agreement three years ago with the players’ union to increase spending due to complaints team payroll was small and violated baseball’s revenue-sharing provisions. The Oakland Athletics had the lowest payroll last year with $53 million.Some have wondered if Loria trading the best players is an early sign in attempts to sell the team. Loria denies those notions.“Absolutely not,” Loria said, according to CBSSports.com. “That’s more stupidity.” read more

Deon Grants Wish Comes True Retires as NY Giant

Deon Grant had his mind set on one thing upon entering the NFL back in 2000—making sure he retired from the game as a New York Giant, so he could be one for the rest of his life.Grant, the defensive leader of the Giants Super Bowl XLVI champions, officially announced his retirement on Wednesday.In a statement provided by the Giant ball club, Grant said, “The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there. The last year that I signed there to go to the Super Bowl I could have signed with a bunch of teams, but I wanted to sign with the Giants. The way that the owners opened the doors and signed me back and the general manager (Jerry Reese) and the coaching staff … we did each other a favor, but it definitely solidified my career for me.”Grant, 34, played with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks before signing with the Giants in 2010. After undergoing several surgeries to his shoulder, ankle and hand, he knew he’d had enough.Yet this might not be the last we see of the Giants’ safety, Grant hasn’t completely given up on the game and hopes to someday return as a coach.“I still study the game a lot,” he said. “I study the game because I think that’s going to be a place where I land on my feet as far as coaching. I do a lot of charity work, I have other businesses running for me, but my main thing right now is getting back into that whole football swing of things.” read more

LionsGiants Is The Biggest Game Of Week 15

2. New England (11-2) vs. Denver (8-5) — 90 total ‘swing’ points Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Green Bay3127347– Detroit84987127– Buffalo24—4– Tampa Bay5457516– We’re down to one wild card slot in the AFC. While neither Oakland nor Kansas City has officially clinched the postseason, we currently give both teams a greater than 99 percent chance, and only one of them (probably the Chiefs) will make it in as the AFC West champion. Denver is still clinging to that second wild card spot, but their loss to the Titans in Week 14 set their chances back. They’ll now face a brutal end-of-season schedule, facing New England, Kansas City and Oakland. Tennessee24%53%19%34– Washington46375013– Baltimore27322110– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown N.Y. Giants75%54%93%39– Atlanta9193894– 4. Carolina (5-8) vs. Washington (7-5-1) — 88 total ‘swing’ points AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF NE WINSIF DEN WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Miami27361521– Indianapolis3142– Atlanta9192893– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF CAR WINSIF WAS WINSSWING AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TB WINSIF DAL WINSSWING Washington4649445– Minnesota1922174– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown The Panthers’ playoff chances are more or less nil, but they have the opportunity to play spoiler three games in a row against Washington, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.2You may have noticed that Tampa Bay-Dallas and Carolina-Washington both have a “swing” total of 88 points. That number is rounded, but we use a little more precision when we determine the rankings, and Tampa Bay-Dallas is the (very slightly) more impactful game. Washington would miss the playoffs if the season ended today and would fall to having just a 1-in-5 chance of making them with a loss here. Green Bay31243310– 1. Detroit (9-4) vs. N.Y. Giants (9-4) — 93 total ‘swing’ points Minnesota1914217– Tennessee2425232– Atlanta9189912– 3. Tampa Bay (8-5) vs. Dallas (11-2) — 88 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS The Buccaneers have won five straight and control their own playoff destiny. Dallas is guaranteed a postseason slot, but if you choose an outcome to this game on our new NFL predictions page you’ll see that a win improves their chance of a first-round bye to 99 percent, and a loss drops them to 80 percent. This makes a huge impact on their Super Bowl probabilities, so the Cowboys — who are at risk of dipping into a quarterback controversy — have quite a bit to play for here. N.Y. Giants7570778– Pittsburgh8991874– 5. Tennessee (7-6) vs. Kansas City (10-3) — 72 total ‘swing’ points N.Y. Giants75827012– Washington46%22%64%43– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TEN WINSIF KC WINSSWING CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Detroit8486824– Detroit8482853– The Lions had their eighth fourth-quarter/overtime comeback of the season on Sunday, and now somehow find themselves in contention for a first-round bye. But Detroit’s remarkable season has come against a pretty weak schedule, and they’ll have to wrap up the year against the Giants, Cowboys and Packers. The winner of this game would be nearly assured of a playoff spot, but the loser will be in decent shape. Green Bay, which is in the hunt for the NFC North, is rooting for the Giants. Tampa Bay, Washington, Atlanta and (somewhat surprisingly) Minnesota would prefer a Detroit win to improve their wild card standing. Tampa Bay54%85%42%43– With three weeks left in the NFL season, 11 playoff spots are open. That means that most of the remaining 48 games — save some stinkers like 49ers-Rams — will make some impact on the postseason. What are this week’s biggest games?For the last month, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give the Green Bay Packers a 31 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Chicago this week, we project those chances will increase to 40 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 11 percent.1Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Green Bay beats Chicago, they make the playoffs 40 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 11 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Green Bay’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 40 percent or exactly 11 percent at the end of Week 15, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. The Packers’ current chances are much closer to 40 percent than to 11 percent because they are much more likely to beat the Bears (69 percent) than lose to them (31 percent). That’s a 29 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.But “most impactful” only tells part of the story. Let’s say you’re a Green Bay fan, or a fan of any other team on the playoff bubble. Which set of outcomes would help the most this week? To help answer this question, we’ve updated our predictions page to allow you to pick the outcomes of every game for Weeks 15 through 17, so you can see how each matchup affects every team’s probabilities. In the “best case” scenario I could find for the Packers, they’d beat the Bears, but also Dallas would beat Tampa Bay, San Francisco would beat Atlanta, the New York Giants would beat Detroit, Indianapolis would beat Minnesota, and Carolina would beat Washington.With these six outcomes, Green Bay’s playoff chances rise to 58 percent. Go create your own scenarios! The five biggest games of Week 15 are below. Denver5452542– Tampa Bay5458508– Houston75537926– Denver54%33%78%44– Green Bay3135287– Minnesota1923176– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DET WINSIF NYG WINSSWING The Titans also control their own destiny! Wins against the Chiefs, Jaguars and Texans in the final three weeks will leave the Titans with a 10-6 record and an AFC South title. And yet, we give them just a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. One reason for this is that this week’s matchup in Kansas City, where the Titans will be major underdogs by any measure. But it’s also possible that our ratings are understating the Titans’ overall strength. Elo carries over from season to season, and while most teams have shaken whatever effect 2015 had on their rating, Tennessee started in such a huge hole — their 2015 end-of-season rating was 1272 — that we’re still rating them as a significantly below-average team. A win in Kansas City would send their Elo, and their playoff chances, skyrocketing.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2:13 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the best-case scenario for the Packers in Week 15. In that scenario, the best outcome for Green Bay would be the Giants beating the Lions, not the other way around.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Can The Mariners Finally End Their Playoff Drought

Of all the storylines to watch as Major League Baseball begins the second half of the 2018 season, the most interesting might be whether the Seattle Mariners can hold on to their current position in the standings — and, in the process, end the longest active postseason drought in major professional sports. (The Mariners earned this dubious honor when the Buffalo Bills grabbed an AFC wild card last season.)It’s been a magical start to the summer so far in Seattle. Picked preseason to finish around .500, the Mariners instead sit nearly 20 games over that benchmark. Surprisingly, they spent much of the first half challenging the defending champion Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West; they’ve also built for themselves a three-game cushion over the division-rival Oakland A’s in the race for the AL’s second wild card. (And they’ve done it even after losing star second baseman Robinson Cano, who was putting up great numbers before getting busted for steroids in mid-May.) If the regular season ended today, the M’s would finally be back in the playoffs.That would be a major accomplishment for a Seattle club that hasn’t tasted postseason baseball since its disappointing five-game exit from the American League Championship Series 17 years ago. When my former colleague Rob Arthur wrote about the Mariners’ streak a few seasons back, he found that no team in baseball had made the playoffs fewer times relative to expectation (based on their regular-season records) since 1998 than Seattle. It’s undeniable that, with just a little better luck, the Mariners would have sneaked into the playoffs at least a few times over the span of their drought. In that regard, they are long overdue to catch a break.In 2018, however, Seattle might be collecting all of the extra good fortune it’s owed at once. According to The Baseball Gauge, no first-half team exceeded its expected record more through luck in close games or favorable “sequencing”1Bunching hits within innings on offense and scattering them across innings on defense. than the Mariners. For instance, if you simply looked at Seattle’s runs scored (412) and allowed (414), you’d think it was precisely the .500-ish team that the preseason projections had called for. Instead, the Mariners have gone 26-12 in one-run games, which — while not exactly in 2016 Texas Rangers territory — suggests they could be due for a serious second-half downturn.In fact, Seattle’s combination of win-loss record and negative run differential is so unusual that it’s tough to find similar historical teams. Since 1950, the Mariners are the only team to be 19 games over .500 through a similar stage of the season2Specifically, between 90 and 100 games into the schedule. while also having a run differential below zero. But if we just limit ourselves to the 13 teams that were at least 10 wins above .500 and had outscored opponents by 10 runs or fewer through 97 games, those clubs won only 51 percent of their games over the rest of the season (an 83-win pace per 162). So the Mariners probably shouldn’t expect to keep cruising along at a clip remotely close to their current .598 winning percentage.Indeed, if the wheels do fall off for Seattle, naysayers may point to the team’s poor play just before the All-Star break — eight losses in its last 11 games — as a sign of when things started to go wrong. But ace pitcher James Paxton will be back from the disabled list soon, and Cano is eligible to return Aug. 14. Meanwhile, the time off should benefit the slumping quintet of Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy and Nelson Cruz, each of whom seemed to be running out of gas heading into the break.In the bigger picture, there’s also something to be said for the team’s overall balance as an antidote to the notion of an impending collapse. The Mariners are one of only six teams in baseball to rank among the top 10 in wins above replacement3Averaging together the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from both its pure hitting and its pitching, joining the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Dodgers — pretty good company! Of course, that brushes aside Mariner weaknesses such as baserunning (they rank 24th) and fielding (20th), but it also underscores that despite Seattle’s uninspiring run differential, the fundamentals of the team aren’t necessarily unsound.In order to stay on course for the playoffs, Seattle will need to keep getting unexpected performances like the ones they’ve enjoyed from first-time All-Star Mitch Haniger and journeyman-turned-10-game winner Marco Gonzales. Closer Edwin Diaz (who leads baseball with 36 saves) will have to keep slamming the door shut in the ninth inning, and the lineup will need to continue hitting well in big moments. None of that will be easy, especially not with Oakland zooming up in the rearview mirror. But after nearly two decades of the pieces never falling into place for a postseason push, it’s high time the Mariners had the breaks go their way.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Mens soccer looks to bounce back against Oakland

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov (32) takes a goal kick during a game against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is getting a break from its Big Ten schedule Wednesday, when it welcomes the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to Columbus.Oakland (5-3-5, 3-0-1) is a member of the Horizon League, but Buckeye coach John Bluem said his team would be wrong to take the small conference school lightly.“We’ve played Oakland many times before and they are a very good attacking team,” he said. “One of the things we’ll have to make sure we do is to first, (is) bounce back after (Sunday’s game). It’s a short turnaround to play again on Wednesday night. We’ll also have to make sure we respect our opponent, we can’t look at Oakland and say, ‘This is a team from a smaller conference and we should be able to win.’ Well you know, that’s not how it’s going to happen for us, we’re going to have to fight every single game as hard as we can if we want to get a result.”Oakland enters the match against the Buckeyes (2-6-5, 0-2-2) coming off a 3-0 loss to another Big Ten team, then-No. 14 Michigan State. The Grizzlies sit in second place in the conference.Defense has been crucial to The Golden Grizzlies’ success this season, as they have only allowed an average of 1.23 goals per game this year. Oakland junior forward Joey Tinnion leads the team with 14 points (six goals and two assists) in 2013.Bluem said the Buckeyes have been “riding the coattails of an incredible goalkeeper this year,” and the defense will have to remain strong in Wednesday’s match.OSU redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said his job is to keep the team in the game at all times and that the team needs to remain focused in its upcoming matches.“It’s very important to keep the spirits of the younger guys up and make sure that they’re still checked in and focused on the season,” he said. “(The season) is still not over — everything is up for grabs. I think because we’ve been so close, the soccer gods will come through. We’ll get something eventually.”Three of OSU’s last four opponents have been ranked in the top 20 at the time it played them. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said confidence from playing those teams, after tying all three of them, will help the team finish the season strong.“We’re going to do what we’ve been doing (in practice),” he said. “I think we have a lot of confidence. You know, we’ll stick to the basics, stick to what we’ve been doing, we’ve been really close and I think we are right there.”Wednesday night’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team’s next match is scheduled against Cleveland State Oct. 27, before it resumes conference play against No. 13 Penn State in Columbus Nov. 2.An earlier edition of this story noted that OSU had lost to the last three ranked teams it had played. The Buckeyes have in fact tied all three of these opponents. read more

Media Swansea appointing Manager of the Year

first_imgSwansea have already found their new manager after the relegation from Premier League earlier in May. Carlos Carvalhals successor will be a two time winner of “Manager of the Year”According to Wales Online, It will be Graham Potter from the successful Swedish club Östersunds, who will become the new manager. According to the news site, Potter will fly to Wales shortly after the Allsvenskan-game against BK Häcken later tonight.But the Östersunds CEO Daniel Kindberg refuses the fact that Potter is leaving.“It’s clear that we have a shortlist if Graham leaves. It would be irresponsible not to know who we want – if it happens. But, no, we have not heard from Swansea. No, nothing.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“How I look at the reporting about Swansea? I understand you want headlines. Graham Potter’s name is exciting.”“But if it is written about Swansea then there are a lot of other clubs that we really know are interested but one of these is not Swansea. There is simply no information we have in Östersund about Swansea,” Kindberg told Fotboll Direkt.Graham Potter have made miracles in his time as Östersunds manager. He started in the club, when it was stuck in the fourth tier. Last year they won the swedish cup and went to the Europa League, where they got all the way to the first knockout stage. They even beat Arsenal at the Emirates.Graham Potter have also won the swedish “Manager of the Year”-award twice in 2016 and 2017.last_img read more

San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes in support of lawsuit challenging

first_img Updated: 12:31 PM 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Thursday morning, President Trump tweeted specifically about the San Diego Board of Supervisors vote. San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes in support of lawsuit challenging California’s Sanctuary Policy Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, KUSI Newsroom Regular SD County Board of Supervisors meeting now in session. 400+ people here to give public input on what position the county should take regarding the federal lawsuit against CA’s sanctuary state law.@KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/2xBA3aXSxa— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) April 17, 2018center_img Posted: April 19, 2018 Thank you San Diego County for defending the rule of law and supporting our lawsuit against California’s illegal and unconstitutional ‘Sanctuary’ policies. California’s dangerous policies release violent criminals back into our communities, putting all Americans at risk.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018Nathan Fletcher quickly released a statement in response to President Trump’s tweet praising San Diego County Supervisors for supporting his administration’s lawsuit to overturn what he calls, “California’s pro-immigrant policies.”Fletcher’s statement states:“When Donald Trump is tweeting praise for our County Supervisors, you know change is desperately needed.  It’s clear we need new leaders on the Board of Supervisors who will stand up against Trump’s hateful agenda, not these same Trump Republicans who target immigrants and support his mass deportations.”https://twitter.com/nathanfletcher/status/987021573977604096Last Tuesday (4/17/18), the County Board of Supervisors voted to file a court brief siding with the federal government in its lawsuit against California’s so-called sanctuary state law.With the vote, San Diego County became California’s most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protecting select immigrants from deportation. The sanctuary state law, SB 54, limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.San Diego County’s approach differs from that of the Orange County supervisors, who voted last month to join the suit. Instead, the San Diego County attorney will draft an amicus brief in support of the case, which will allow officials to offer their opinion without actually becoming involved in the courtroom fight.However, the deadline to file such a brief has passed, meaning the earliest opportunity San Diego County will have to weigh in on the case will be if and when a decision, in this case, is appealed by the losing party to a higher court.“Public safety is our number one priority,” Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said. “Here in San Diego, it’s important to note how our law enforcement’s hands are being tied by SB 54.”Jacob said she has seen a lot of changes along the 50-mile span of the U.S.-Mexico border in her district since she took office in the 1990s.“We used to have people coming across our border who just wanted to work,” she said. “That has changed over the years. It’s changed to the extent where we have people on the terrorist watch list coming across the border.”She later clarified “she was told” of at least one person on a terrorist watch list crossing into the U.S. illegally but was unable to provide details of the case and did not specify who provided her with that information.Under SB 54, state and local law enforcement are allowed to share with immigration authorities information about a person who has been charged with one of 800 crimes, including violent felonies, arson, domestic abuse and other felonies.Supervisor Greg Cox was the lone dissenter in the 3-1 vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent but said his colleagues should “stay out of it.”As evidence of the support among San Diegans for joining the lawsuit, Gaspar showed reporters the correspondence the supervisors received on the matter. Letters in favor of the county siding with the federal government towered over those written by those who supported sanctuary policies, she said.But during Tuesday’s public meeting, sanctuary state advocates outnumbered supporters of the lawsuit: 17 registered their support of President Donald Trump’s administration and 62 were against it, according to Gaspar. Gaspar appeared on Fox & Friends early Tuesday morning prior to the vote.Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/gaspar-fox-news.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/gaspar-fox-news.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The California Values Act (SB 54) does indeed exemplify the values of California,” the Rev. Beth Johnson of Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship told the supervisors. “It makes our communities safer by allowing law enforcement to do their jobs by making community members feel safe to report crimes.”Other supporters of the sanctuary law said it offers protections for immigrant families and helps keep the economy strong by recognizing the contributions of non-citizens, including their payment of taxes and their labor.The threat of deportation causes negative mental health effects on immigrants and their families, said Janet Farrell of the San Diego Psychological Association.“Deportation causes the breakup of families,” she said. “The California sanctuary laws give some protection to the breakup of our immigrant families without compromising the safety of the general population.”Local governments in recent weeks have taken varying approaches to weighing in on the sanctuary state issue, from adopting resolutions to voting to file lawsuits themselves.The city council in San Juan Capistrano, for instance, recently passed a resolution against SB 54. Resolutions are largely symbolic statements of a government’s stance.Aliso Viejo, Escondido and Mission Viejo are among the cities whose leaders have voted to file amicus briefs in support of the Trump administration’s position. Such briefs are often submitted by those who have an interest in a court case but are not parties in the lawsuit.The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted last month to join the lawsuit, while the Huntington Beach City Council voted recently to file its own suit. The Los Alamitos City Council voted on Monday night to “exempt” the city from the sanctuary law.National attention turned to San Diego County as its leaders considered weighing in on the lawsuit. The decision is likely to be a defining moment in the political career of Gaspar, who is running in a closely watched congressional race in a district that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 presidential election with just over 50 percent of the vote.The Republican incumbent in the 49th District, Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, is not seeking reelection. In 2016, he narrowly defeated Democrat Doug Applegate, who is among the candidates facing off against Gaspar in the June primary.Related Stories: Click here for KUSI’s detailed analysis of the voteCongressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) supports the county’s action on sanctuary policy and released the following statement regarding the vote:Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) today praised members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors who voted to join the federal lawsuit against the sanctuary state laws passed by the State of California.“Today’s action was the very definition of leadership,” said Congressman Hunter.  “In standing up against the irresponsible actions by the State of California, our County Supervisors who supported this action clearly demonstrated that their priorities are protecting those of us in San Diego County and not about politics.  The fact of the matter is, when state and local law enforcement agencies outright refuse to share information to federal officials regarding criminal activity, our communities are unsafe and the rule of law is undermined.  It’s not complicated.”The San Diego County Board of Supervisors met in closed session to discuss its options with regard to joining the federal lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against the State of California earlier this year in March.  The primary issue focuses on SB54, a state law signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year and in effect since January 1, prohibiting state and local police agencies from informing federal authorities in cases when illegal immigrants facing deportation are released from local detention.  With this action, the County of San Diego joins municipalities throughout the state, including the City of Escondido, in rejecting California’s sanctuary policies pushed by Governor Brown and the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature.“I have always been, and will continue to be, an advocate for state’s rights, but that’s not the issue,” said Congressman Hunter.  “The U.S. Constitution clearly places border policy and our immigration laws within the purview of the federal government.  State or local governments cannot just choose to ignore federal statutes because of a political agenda, especially when doing so places its citizens at risk by leaving criminals eligible for deportation in our communities.  Our San Diego County Supervisors who took action today deserve our thanks and we need to hold every elected official accountable who does not demonstrate the same the type of leadership.”https://twitter.com/Rep_Hunter/status/986359374632321024Plus, Nathan Fletcher, the candidate for County Board of Supervisors District 4, also released the following statement in response to the County’s decision to join Trump’s lawsuit against the State of California.Nathan Fletcher said: “It’s outrageous that San Diego County Supervisors are standing with Trump instead of standing up for San Diego’s immigrant families.“The Supervisors’ pro-Trump vote today is a slap in the face of hardworking, law-abiding immigrants and is a waste of our taxpayer dollars that should be going instead to expanding protections for immigrants, extending a welcoming hand to refugees and building stronger bonds between communities and police.”We can’t allow Trump’s agenda of targeting immigrants and building walls to succeed in San Diego and it’s never been more clear that we need new leaders on the County Board who will stand up for all our communities and take on Trump’s hate.”https://twitter.com/nathanfletcher/status/986358794560061440Lastly, the following is a statement from County Supervisor Greg Cox on today’s vote on the sanctuary lawsuit:I voted against the County joining the federal administration’s lawsuit against the State’s California Values Act. As I’ve said before, I believe the problem lies in Washington, D.C. We need leaders in both parties to finally come up with comprehensive immigration reform.This is a very divisive issue in the county, and across the state and nation. The County joining the lawsuit between the federal and state governments is unnecessary because this is an issue that is properly going to be addressed by the federal courts. The Board’s vote is a largely symbolic move that will create fear and divisiveness in our region, waste taxpayer funds and create distrust of law enforcement and local government within many communities.I am proud to represent all the residents of my richly diverse supervisorial district and will continue to stand up for them. April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

All You Courts Hispanic Market With Custom Magazine

first_imgTime Inc.’s All You is looking to increase its penetration into the Hispanic women’s market with a multipoint holiday campaign. The magazine, aimed at practical, price-conscious consumers, is publishing a 12-page custom insert in the December issue, along with several mobile, social and digital components that will run through the first week of January.Diane Oshin, group publisher for All You, says the magazine’s audience is 11 to 12 percent Hispanic right now, trailing the overall population by 4 to 5 percent. She’s hoping to narrow that gap with this effort.”We thought we were doing a really good job in serving this market,” Oshin says. “If you look at our visuals—digitally, in the magazine, in any books, anything—you will see quite a diverse picture of women.” “[But] it was not doing the job,” she continues. “We recognized that it was not just about being inclusive visually. You needed to have the voice and the cultural cues of a Hispanic or Latina community.”The special issue is incorporating that voice and those cultural cues by turning to notable Latina bloggers for content—a community-driven content strategy that’s falls in line with the traditional editorial featured in All You.Oshin also noted that their research has shown high mobile and social penetration among Hispanics in the magazine’s target market. As such, they’ll have Latina contributors participate in Twitter chats and will highlight content (and the campaign’s sponsor, Nestlé) in multiple positions on the mobile site.See Also: All You Launches M-Commerce Pilot Program While All You will publish the content in English, Nestlé’s ultimate aim is to drive traffic to a Spanish-language site*, El Mejor Nido (“The Best Nest,” in English). Is that a conflicting goal?”Our marketers make their own decisions about that representation,” Oshin says. “We were quite diligent about whether we wanted this to be in Spanish or English, and everything that we learned about the community, even in homes where they’re bilingual, they [read in English]. We have so many young consumers and moms, and it’s a next generation that is much more acculturated than the prior generation of Hispanics. We took a forward-facing perspective and wanted to be sure we were going to be relevant with these young moms moving ahead.”All You will distribute 380,000 copies of the special issue to a mix of qualified subscribers and newsstands in key Hispanic markets.The magazine has seen total circulation rise steadily since 2008, currently standing at more than 1.5 million subscribers, per the Alliance for Audited Media. Ad pages have fallen since then though (as they have throughout the rest of the industry), dropping 5.6 percent year-over-year for the first three quarters of 2013, according to PIB. A spokesperson from All You says the magazine is up 6.05 percent in November however, and expects a 25-percent bump in December.*Editor’s note: Neslé also does provide an English-language version of the site, at elmejornido.com/en.last_img read more

Best Australian Amazon Prime Day deals 485 Xbox One X 222 PlayStation

first_img A very expensive speaker is now well over $1000 cheaper! Save $1175! Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon Prime Day CNET may get a commission from retail offers. That’s it for now, but come back. We’ll be updating this post with the deals as they come in! $485 for an Xbox One X with game PlayStation VR with Camera and VR Worlds for $222 17 Photos Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) for $75 Save $351 This is your Amazon Echo base model, connects to Alexa, does all the smart home assistant things you might expect like check the weather, play music, news, shopping lists, etc. 50% off See at Amazon Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? Share your voice 1 25% off Look, you know you’ve always wanted one of these ridiculous scooters. Now is the time. At $538, you’re saving $351 here! 50% off See also See at Amazon Nintendo The PlayStation VR headset is an absolute steal at this price. VR Worlds is also a great intro to VR.  The Echo Dot is Amazon’s smallest and cutest assistant.  $100 off See at Amazon See at Amazon Up to 25% off selected Nintendo Switch games Now playing: Watch this: Beoplay A9 for $2499.99 Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for $115 50% off Microsoft Xbox One X 36% off Xbox One X with The Division 2 TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones for $67 Carn Amazon, you can’t take the full 50% off?Still this is a decent deal for premium assistant. See at Amazon 32% off Segway Ninebot ES2 Folding Electric Kick Scooter Save $177! Tyler Lizenby/CNET Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 are on there See at Amazon Prime Day 2019: The leftovers Walmart’s final day of anti-Prime Day deals After Amazon Prime Day 2019: You can still snag deals on the Echo and Echo Dot 4 great cheap deals you can get anytime Amazon Prime Day 2019: Fire TV deals end, but Roku discounts still going strong Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best deals on Chromebooks, gaming laptops and MacBooks Post-Prime Day deals from Vizio: Save up to $1,200 on TVs, $200 on an Atmos sound bar See at Amazon The Xbox One X is the most powerful console on the market right now. If you’re looking for a console to sit under your 4K TV, this is about as good as it gets. Amazon See at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. If you’re looking for a cheap pair of noise cancelling headphones you could go worse than this. Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Echo Show (2nd Gen) for $249 Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $39 Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchases The Echo Plus is good if you’re after high quality sound to go alongside your regular smart home assistanting (is that a word?). $319 Breath of the Wild is $52, Mario Kart 8 is $47 and Super Mario Odyssey is $47. Nintendo games don’t typically go cheap, so worth checking in on this one. $369 Amazon See it TaoTronics See It See at Amazon Get sweet deals on the Amazon Echo. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Hello Australian friends, it’s Prime Day. The days of us being totally excluded from Prime day are over. Australia has had its own Prime Day, with its own sales, since 2018. So if you want to spend money and buy all the Echo Dots at 50% off, we have you covered. We have a massive suite of sales posts, some of which Australians may or may not be eligible for. But in this post? It’s Australian deals only folks. Strewth, bloody oath galah.Quick note for overseas folks stumbling across this post, all prices in this post are in Australian dollars.Two quick notes before we beginFirstly, many Amazon workers have gone on strike during Amazon Prime day. Depending on your where you sit, that may or may not affect your decision to shop at Amazon during this time period.Secondly, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take part in Prime deals. Again, your call if you think it’s worth it, but there are sales all year round on products and Prime video is a pretty solid alternative to Netflix. I recommend The Terror, that show rules. It cost $6.99AU per month but you can try the 30-day free trial if you like and shop through the deals.Alright, now for the deals! James Martin/CNET Comment See at Amazon 1:43 Tags Tyler Lizenby/CNET Appliances Smart Homelast_img read more

BSE Sensex hits record high bank stocks lead

first_imgNew Delhi/ Mumbai, March 25 (ANI): Indian stock market jumped nearly 1.5 percent to record highs surpassing their previous all-time highs hit just last week as lenders extended a recent rally boosted by strong foreign investor flows. The Nifty ended 1.36 percent higher after marking a lifetime high of 6,591.50, while the benchmark Sensex finished 1.38 percent up after touching a record high of 22,074.34, surpassing their previous milestones hit on March 18. The prospect that the upcoming elections will usher in a new government led by the BJP is also aiding the gains, given market perceptions that the party has a more business-friendly stance.last_img

Wont stoop low even to deny allegations CJI Ranjan Gogoi

first_imgChief Justice of India Ranjan GogoiIANSChief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was accused of sexual harassment by a former court staff member on Friday, April 19, in an affidavit.The 35-year-old woman submitted the affidavit to the respective residences of 22 judges of the Supreme Court, in which she alleged that the current Chief Justice was inappropriate with her, and had her removed from her post when she did not reciprocate. The incidents occurred in October 2018.The woman mentioned separate incidents where she allegedly encountered the CJI when she was working at his residential office. In an exclusive carried by The Quint, a senior lawyer said, “Her entire family has been harassed, victimised and intimidated. Thereafter false criminal cases have been lodged against her. So there is relentless intimidation and victimisation that is going on not just to silence her but to also punish her. She has narrated everything supported by documents.”Replying to the allegations levelled against him, the CJI said in a statement that he would not stoop so low to even deny the charges and that less than 10 hours were given to him to make a statement. In his statement, Gogoi replied, “I don’t think that this can be of a plot of a junior assistant. There is a bigger plot. They want to deactivate the office of the CJI. Independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat. If the judges have to work under these conditions, good people will never come to this office.” According to Bar and Bench, he asserted, “I will sit on this Bench and discharge my duties without fear and favour till my tenure is over.”The Chief Justice then defended himself to the “citizens of the country and stating that this pillar of democracy is “under serious threat” but he will continue working. He also added, “They cannot catch me on money, so they have brought up this. This is the reward a CJI gets after 20 years and a bank balance of Rs 680000. Independence of judiciary under very very serious threat. I had to tell this from the judicial seat.”Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor General of India, said that the matter should be “taken very very seriously”. The Supreme Court held an emergency hearing on the morning of April 20, Saturday after the sexual assault charges were levelled against Gogoi. A notice was issued by the top court reading, “Take notice that a special bench consisting of the Hon’ble chief justice of India, Hon’ble Mr Justice Arun Mishra and Hon’ble Mr Justice Sanjiv Khanna is being constituted to have a special sitting at 10:30 AM today i.e. the 20th April 2019 in the Chief Justice’s court to deal with a matter of great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary, on a mention being made by Shri Tushar Mehta, Ld. Solicitor General.”last_img read more

BNP rejects EC move for EVMs in polls

first_imgElection commission logo. File PhotoBNP on Friday turned down the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the national elections, saying such machines can easily be manipulated, reports UNB.“The Election Commission in which we’ve no confidence will control the EVMs. We reject their decision of introducing EVMs in the national elections,” said BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed.Speaking at a discussion, he also said BNP, which what he claims ‘represents most people of the country’, will not accept the use of EVMs in the polls.Youth Forum, a pro-BNP platform, organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.Earlier on Thursday, the Election Commission at a meeting decided to send a proposal to the government for amending the electoral laws to pave the way for the use of EVMs in the general elections.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that the government is behind the decision. “I think there’s a big conspiracy behind the move to use the machines for taking votes just three months ahead of the parliamentary polls. The government is directly involved with the plot.”He said the EC’s hurried decision to use the voting machine has raised various questions in public mind.Referring to Bangladesh Bank’s reserve heist, the BNP leader said how people can keep confidence in the electronic voting system in a country where central bank’s reserve was plundered by hackers.“We would like to say voting machine manipulation is not a tough job in a country where central bank’s money can be looted by hacking,” he observed.Moudud said many countries, including Germany, Italy and Ireland, discarded the use of EVMs in the polls. “Even, 73 per cent people in India gave opinions against the use of EVM … there’s no country where election was fair and unquestionable using the EVMs.”He said the move to procure EVMs was taken to indulge in corruption and plunder public money. “Public money will only be wasted by buying the voting machines as those won’t be used in the polls.”The BNP leader said the government is now trying to keep confidence in machines instead of people as people’s minds cannot be manipulated like machines.About the efforts of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain to forge a national unity, Moudud said it will turn out to be a successful one as people want all to get united against the current government.Earlier, at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also opposed the EC’s decision describing EVMs as the magic boxes of vote rigging.“We think the unilateral decision of using EVMs was taken as part of a master plan to rig votes in the next parliamentary polls,” he observed.The BNP leader also warned that people with their united efforts will foil all ‘evil plans’ of the government to manipulate the next election.Read More: Commissioner Mahbub leaves EC meeting opposing EVMslast_img read more

Faridpur road crash kills 2

first_imgMap of FaridpurTwo people were killed and nine others injured when a truck rammed a human hauler on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Faridpur on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Sujon Patwari, 22, a construct worker and son of Manirul Islam of Kanaipur and Azizul Islam, 45, the headmaster of Raikali Hazi Badshah Mia Government Primary School in Kanaipur.Sub-inspector Nizamul Islam of Karimpur highway police camp said the accident took place around 9:45am when a Magura-bound truck from Faridpur hit a human hauler after a tire of the truck got burst, leaving one dead on the spot and injuring ten others.The injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared one dead.On information, a firefighting unit rushed in and conducted a rescue operation.last_img

European Parliament concerned at state of human rights in Bangladesh

first_imgEuropean Parliament concerned at state of human rights in BangladeshThe coming election in Bangladesh poses as the country’s last chance to determine the course of its democracy and rule of law. However, abuse of power and the crackdown on the media, human rights activists, critics of the government, lawyers and the civil society, as well as extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and abductions are a cause of concern.These views were expressed at the debate on Bangladesh’s human rights situation held at the European Parliament on Thursday in Strasbourg, France. A draft resolution was adopted at the end of the debate by the parliament members, calling upon all political parties in Bangladesh to take part in the election. They also called for an amendment of the digital security act.During the discussion, Austrian politician Josef Weidenholzer said that the election to be held at the end of the year in Bangladesh was important for the country. If the situation deteriorated, this would have an impact on Europe too. He highlighted the escalating oppression and repression of civil society, political activists and human rights activists in Bangladesh, also mentioning that there were reports of extrajudicial killings, mass arrests and enforced disappearances. The media too was under threat, he said.Weidenholzer said that opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would not be able to contest in the coming election and that the party supporters maintained that she was imprisoned in politically motivated cases filed against her. He called upon the Bangladesh government to create an environment conducive to the election, where people could express their views freely and cast their votes in free and fair polls.British politician and member of the European Parliament Charles Tannock said that there was development in many sectors in Bangladesh, but the state of human rights was deteriorating, as was evident in the arrest of photographer Shahidul Alam.British politician Sajjad Karim said, there was a lot to be done for the improvement of democracy and human rights in Bangladesh.Another speaker said that if the coming election was not inclusive and peaceful, Bangladesh’s democratic continuity would be hampered.The people and the government of Bangladesh were lauded for their constructive role in accepting Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar. However, it was also said that the repatriation of the refugees should only take place in conditions for a safe, dignified and voluntary return.EEU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management Christos Stylianides said that EEU had long been expressing concern about Bangladesh human rights situation. Journalists and students in Bangladesh were under attack. The digital security act curbed the freedom of expression and freedom of the press. He called for a transparent, neutral and inclusive election and also called upon the government to ensure a safe environment for the polls.At the end of the debate, the European Parliament drew up a draft resolution regarding Bangladesh, expressing serious concern about human rights in the country, including the crackdown against media, students, human rights activists and the political opposition. It called upon the media to conduct independent investigations into reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and excessive force, including the disappearance of former ambassador Maroof Zaman and Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem.The draft resolution called for the immediate release of photographer Shahidul Alam, amendment of the digital security act, abolition the death sentence, reforming the labour laws, removing the clause allowing marriage under 18 in ‘special circumstances’, ensuring safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas, identifying challenges to human rights and resolving these challenges.last_img read more

Wife of deputy secretary dies as DMCH dengue toll rises to 10

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoThree people, including the wife of deputy secretary of health ministry died after suffering from dengue fever at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday and Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.DMCH assistant director Nasir Uddin said two of the patients died on Tuesday while another died on Monday.The deceased are identified as Farzana Hossain, 42, wife of Nurul Amin, deputy secretary of health ministry; Liton Hawladar, 25, from Bauphal in Patuakhali and Upendra Chandra Mandal, 65 of Mirzapur in Tangail.Farzana got admitted to the hospital on Monday and died around 1:45am on Tuesday at the ICU.Liton Hawladar was hospitalised on 27 July. He died around 10:15am.Upendra died around 5:00pm on Monday, hours after he was brought to the hospital.“So far, 10 dengue patients have died at the hospital among the 600 people who were brought here since 1 July,” said Nasir Uddin.Meanwhile, 1,335 dengue cases were reported in 24 hours until 8:00am on Tuesday.The number of people suffering from dengue has been rising gradually over the recent weeks as the disease spreads across the country.last_img read more

Ronnie Floyd megachurch pastor and Trump adviser nominated for key SBC post

first_img How Hind Makki is changing the conversation around women’s inclusion in mosques Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,NIH Director Francis Collins on why Christians must reconcile with science Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) —  Former Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been nominated to lead the denomination’s Executive Committee, based in Nashville, Tenn.An Arkansas megachurch pastor who serves as part of President Trump’s unofficial group of faith advisers, Floyd would succeed former Executive Committee President Frank Page, who resigned last year due to an “inappropriate relationship,” according to the denomination’s official news service.A vote on Floyd’s nomination is scheduled for Tuesday at a meeting of the Executive Committee in Dallas. That group of about 80 Southern Baptist leaders, along with its Nashville-based staff, acts on behalf of the convention in between its annual meetings.“We firmly believe he is the man God has uniquely prepared and gifted to lead our Executive Committee at this challenging time in our nation’s and our denomination’s history,” Steve Swofford, chairman of the presidential search committee, wrote in a letter announcing Floyd’s nomination on Sunday (March 31), according to Baptist Press.Floyd was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2014 to 2016. He also served as chair of the Executive Committee in the mid-1990s. He is currently president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.Ronnie Floyd. Photo courtesy of SBCDuring his three decades as pastor of Cross Church, which has campuses in Arkansas and Missouri, the congregation has baptized more than 22,000 people, according to a biography posted on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee website. The congregation claims more than 9,000 attendees and reports that it has given more than $1 million annually to the denomination’s Cooperative Program — which mainly funds mission work and seminary education — since 2015.As SBC president during the 2016 presidential race, Floyd expressed concerns about then-candidate Trump’s comments about women and minorities but met with him, saying it was important for religious leaders to meet with candidates. Floyd also told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he led a prayer for President Trump during a 2017 meeting at the White House.“I prayed for protection for the president and the vice president because we live in a very difficult day in our country. I prayed for God to lead them and for them to rely on the Lord for strength and for wisdom,” he said.Floyd’s nomination comes at a tumultuous time for the SBC.Recent news reports have detailed alleged abuse at Southern Baptist churches. J.D. Greear, the current SBC president, has called on the convention to investigate churches that have covered up abuse. Some Executive Committee members have urged caution before investigating churches.The topic of abuse and a proposed amendment to the SBC’s constitution that would allow the denomination to remove churches that show clear “indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse” will be discussed at the SBC’s annual meeting in June.A previous version of this story had the incorrect spelling of Steve Swofford’s name. RNS regrets the error.  Share This! Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019center_img Share This! Opinion News By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana TagsDonald Trump homepage featured Ronnie Floyd SBC SBC Executive Committee Southern Baptists,You may also like Share This! By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019last_img read more

UK Prime Minister Says Highly Likely Russia Responsible For ExSpy Poisoning

first_img Share Frank Augstein/APMilitary forces continue investigations Monday into the nerve agent poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “highly likely” that it was carried out by Russia.British Prime Minister Theresa May says it is “highly likely” that Russia is behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter earlier this month in southern England.Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were found collapsed on a bench on March 4 in the city of Salisbury. They remain in critical condition, according to The Associated Press.“It is now clear that Mr. Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia,” May told lawmakers in a statement on Monday. She said the agent has been identified as one of a group of nerve agents called Novichok, which Russia has previously produced.She added that there are just two explanations for the apparent poisoning — either Russia directly carried out the attack or it lost control of its supply of the deadly nerve agent. The Russian ambassador has been summoned to explain how this happened, May added, and has been asked to give a formal response by Tuesday.And if that response is not credible, May said, “we will conclude that this action amounts to an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom. And I will come back to this house and set out the full range of measures that we will take in response.”This case has drawn parallels with a Russia-linked death of a defected Russian intelligence officer in 2006, as NPR’s Scott Neuman reported. Here’s more:“Skripal had retired from Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service, a successor to the KGB, when he was arrested and convicted in 2006 of working undercover for Britain’s MI6. In 2010 he arrived in the U.K. as part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and Washington.”When the BBC asked Russian President Vladimir Putin whether Russia was responsible, he replied: “Get to the bottom of things there, then we’ll discuss this.”“Having established that a nerve agent is the cause of the symptoms leading us to treat this as attempted murder, I can also confirm that we believe that the two people who became unwell were targeted specifically,” Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said at a news conference last week, Scott added.Nerve agents are “designed only to kill,” Leeds University toxicologist Alastair Hay told NPR. The weapons “work by blocking the message from the nerves to the muscles,” which could affect the muscles used to breathe, potentially causing asphyxiation.“Trace contamination” was found at two Salisbury establishments — The Mill Pub and Zizzi Restaurant — England’s chief medical officer announced Sunday, as NPR’s Amy Held reported. People in those establishments on March 4 or 5 were encouraged to clean the clothes they were wearing or wipe down belongings.At the same time, officials stated that there is “no immediate health risk.” A policeman who was responding to the incident, Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey, remains in “serious but stable condition,” May said Monday.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more