first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Broody Bale (again) wants out of Real Madridby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale is again being linked with a move away at Real Madrid.After appearing to have settled his differences with coach Zinedine Zidane at the beginning of the season, Bale is again considering his future, says AS.It’s claimed Bale is angry after being left out of the squad last week for the 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Club Brugge.The Wales captain had told Zidane he was fully fit for the game and was eager to play.But Zidane in the end snubbed Bale, which has since left the attacker brooding. last_img read more

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first_imgJosh Duhamel, Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) and automaker GMC have partnered for a new film as part of the #EnlistMe campaign.Video: #enlistme: Building for America’s Bravest with GMC and Josh Duhamel: Meet Ben TomlinsonThe goal of the campaign is to raise funds and awareness to build smart-homes that meet the needs of severely injured veterans, like Marine Sgt. Ben Tomlinson.In this documentary-style film, Josh meets Marine Sergeant Ben Tomlinson at his specially designed smart-home in Jacksonville, Alabama, to speak with Ben and his family about their journey and the positive impact this home has had on his life. On his second tour of duty Ben was shot by enemy fire while providing rooftop security for his team. As a result, Ben was paralyzed with limited mobility below his chest.Duhamel’s connection to the military began a long time ago. He grew up near an Air Force base in North Dakota, has an aunt who completed a number of tours with the National Guard and his grandfather was a proud Marine. In fact, Josh’s emotional visit with Ben and his family took place just after his grandfather was honored in a military funeral service.How You Can Help:· Join GMC donate now at ourbravest.org/enlistme or call 844-BRAVEST· Show your support for the cause by donating now or sharing #EnlistMe with @GMC via social medialast_img read more

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Quenton Nelson looks exactly like a franchise-cornerstone left tackle: Standing 6 foot 5, 325 pounds, Nelson is “built like a bank safe” and blessed with the athleticism and aggressiveness to be a perennial All-Pro. The quarterback’s protector is often called the second-most-important offensive position, so it’s no wonder that Nelson’s in the mix to be the first non-quarterback to be picked in this year’s draft.But one thing does separate Nelson from other highly coveted tackles on draft day: He isn’t a tackle. He’s a guard.How players at one position in the NFL’s otherwise-anonymous quintet of trench warriors became some of American sports’ most-prized athletes is a story so well-known it was turned into a best-selling book, and even a movie: The uniquely gifted protectors of “The Blind Side” emerged in the 1990s to stop the pass-rushing outside linebackers of the 1980s, like eight-time All-Pro Lawrence Taylor.For years afterward, teams trying to land the next Orlando Pace or Walter Jones had no qualms about throwing high draft picks at top tackles. Even less-than-perfect tackle prospects like Michigan’s Jake Long and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher were deemed “safe” picks at No. 1 overall — because unlike quarterbacks, who are unlikely to play another position well, if those tackles fail to establish themselves as quality starters, teams have the option of kicking them inside to guard.As recently as 2012, guards were still afterthoughts, not worthy of the draft-value (and contract) investment that comes with a high first-round selection. Outstanding guard prospect David DeCastro, whom many evaluators deemed worthy of at least a top-10 pick, didn’t come off the board until No. 24 that year.In the 32-team era,1Since 2002. 62 tackles have been drafted in the first round compared to just 14 guards. On average, those tackles were taken with the 14th pick, while the average guard went between 23 and 24. In fact, after “The Blind Side” was released in September 2006, NFL teams went on a four-year tackle binge, drafting 19 first-round tackles compared to just three centers and two guards.Last season, though, the market for elite tackles seemed to dry up. Only two — Garett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk — went in the first round, and both were picked in the back end of the round (20 and 32 respectively). After Alabama’s Cam Robinson was taken with the second pick of the second round, which was lower than most expected, no tackles were taken until pick No. 85. To get a sense of how high in the draft tackles have tended to go over time, we can quantify pick position using Jimmy Johnson’s draft-pick value chart, which assigns a point value to every pick in the draft based solely on how early the pick is, not on which player is taken. Last year, the picks used on tackles in rounds one and two were worth a total of 2000 points, the lowest sum since at least 1994. By comparison, the picks used on the six tackles taken in the first two rounds in 2013 were worth more than 10,000 points. The trend of devaluing tackles seems certain to continue in the 2018 NFL draft. After Nelson, tackle Mike McGlinchey (average mock draft position: 22.2) is the next offensive lineman projected to go. But then it’s a run of interior linemen: Center James Daniels (28.5) and guards Isaiah Wynn (28.8) and Will Hernandez (28.9) are all set to be drafted ahead of the only other tackle who’s projected to be taken on the draft’s first night, Kolton Miller (31.2).If Miller doesn’t make it into the first round, it’ll be the first time that fewer than two tackles have been drafted in any first round since “The Blind Side” was released, and it would match the 2005-2006 nadir for high-pick tackles — only three tackles were taken in the first round in each of those two back-to-back draft classes.It’s not like NFL teams suddenly decided that the offensive line isn’t important, it’s more that the value pendulum is shifting away from left tackle. If Nelson goes as high as he’s expected to, he’ll be the third guard picked in the top 10 in the last six seasons (the fourth if you count Washington’s Brandon Scherff, who was drafted as a tackle but has since become a Pro Bowl guard2Washington initially tried Scherff at tackle before switching him to guard in his first training camp.). Before Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper went in the top 10 in 2013, no guard had been picked that high in a dozen years.3Leonard Davis went No. 2 overall in 2001 as a guard, though he went on to play both tackle and guard in the NFL.But it’s not just draft capital that teams are investing in a previously neglected position.This spring, All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell signed a five-year, $66.5 million unrestricted free-agency deal that briefly made him the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman. Though former New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder’s four-year, $62 million contract with the New York Giants topped Norwell’s $13.3 million average annual value, Norwell remains No. 2.In 2016, the five biggest free-agency deals4In terms of contracts’ average annual value. given to offensive linemen went to left tackles. In 2017, half of the eight offensive-line contracts worth at least $10 million per year went to left tackles — but the other half went to three guards and a center. In 2018, Solder’s was the only one of the top six offensive-line deals that did not go to a guard or center.So why the sudden change? For starters, the evolution of the left tackle was a response to a defensive revolution that’s been over for a long time; Taylor’s 10-season Pro Bowl streak ended 27 years ago. From Dick LeBeau’s zone blitzes to Jim Johnson’s and Jim Schwartz’s aggressive 4-3s, Wade Phillips’s one-gap 3-4 schemes to Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia’s hybrid/multiple fronts attack, defensive coordinators have as many different ways to send pass rushers at quarterbacks as there are gaps between offensive linemen.According to ESPN Stats & Information Group, 36 percent of the 1,082.5 sacks by front-seven players in 2017 were registered by a player lined up at right defensive end or right outside linebacker. That means even a Hall of Fame left tackle can’t possibly help with at least two-thirds of the pressure that defenses are generating.Then there’s the fact that quarterbacks don’t really have a “blind side” anymore. The heavy use of shotgun formation in today’s NFL allows quarterbacks to keep the whole defense in front of them. According to ESPN Stats & Info, just 13,319 of 32,436 offensive plays (41 percent) were run from under center in 2017– and of those, a quarterback dropped back to pass on just 4,201 plays (13 percent of all offensive plays).The average left tackle, then, will only be called upon to keep his quarterback clean during a traditional dropback about 1/8th of the time he’s on the field.But don’t tell Nelson, Wynn, Hernandez or any of the other guards set to be drafted this weekend that the value of offensive linemen has crashed. They’re about to prove that the NFL has finally figured out that anyone who can get keep a pass-rusher from getting to a quarterback is worth an awful lot — regardless of where he’s positioned on the line. read more

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OSU freshman Luke Fletcher celebrates his first varsity victory over Missouri’s Zach Synon. Credit: Sam Janicki. Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFollowing a dominant 30-12 victory at Maryland on Jan. 22, the No. 4 Ohio State wrestling team will take on No. 3 Iowa on the road this week and top-ranked Penn State at home next week.The absence of junior Kyle Snyder, the returning national champion at heavyweight, this week could spell trouble for OSU late in the dual. He is currently representing the United States in the Ivan Yarygin Memorial Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.“There are no better opportunities in our schedule than these opportunities to really learn a lot about where we are,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said. “You’ve got a great team in Iowa, in an away venue, and then you’ve got another opportunity at home, in front of the home crowd, to wrestle (against Penn State).”The matchup against Iowa will feature a plethora of marquee matchups, including fifth-ranked 149-pounder Micah Jordan (OSU) against second-ranked Brandon Sorensen (Iowa), tenth-ranked 184-pounder Myles Martin (OSU) against fifth-ranked Sammy Brooks (Iowa) and first-ranked 133-pounder Nathan Tomasello (OSU) against fourth-ranked Cory Clark (Iowa).Micah Jordan missed last week’s action against Maryland due to illness, along with his brother — 174-pounder Bo Jordan — and 125-pounder Jose Rodriguez.“I haven’t wrestled anyone (ranked) at one or two yet,” Micah Jordan said. “The next two weeks I have No. 2 and then No. 1, so I’m really excited to see where I’m at.”In addition to the tough team matchups, many of the wrestlers will face their most talented opponents yet.“We’ve wrestled some tough teams, but I’m just really looking forward to these next couple of matches,” Martin said. “Especially for me, a lot of the guys I have are top five in the country.”Over the next four matchups, all of Martin’s projected opponents are ranked in the top 13, including No. 5 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) and No. 2 Bo Nickal (Penn State).Bo Jordan did not compete against Maryland, but could have wrestled if needed. Ryan held him out in order to give him another week to recover from injury, and prepare for the tough task ahead.“If we needed him to step in there to win the dual, we could’ve wrestled him,” Ryan said. “But, logically, it made no sense to risk further injury when you’ve got Iowa coming up next weekend.”The Buckeyes look to be in good health, as the only starter expected to be out is Snyder in the heavyweight division.“Kyle (Snyder) gives you a sense that, of the 10 weights, we’re getting bonus points in this weight, so we’re going to need for (redshirt senior heavyweight) Josh Fox to really step up,” Ryan said. “There’s much less room for error, so it’s just compete to the best of your ability.”The match will start at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. read more

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Near the midway point of its 2009-10 campaign, the Ohio State men’s hockey team will host the team up north.This weekend, the Buckeyes (4-5-1 CCHA, 6-9-1 overall) will host the Michigan Wolverines (3-5-0 CCHA, 7-7-0 overall) in a vital CCHA rivalry matchup. The contests aren’t only significant because of the schools’ historic rivalry, but because they provide an opportunity for both teams to move up in the CCHA standings as both squads move closer to the main stretch of the season.Ohio State trails the all-time series with Michigan, 29-64-11, and has lost six of the past 10 meetings.Michigan currently sits near the CCHA cellar in 11th place, while OSU checks in at the eighth spot. The Buckeyes will be storming into this series riding one of their finest victories of the season after defeating No. 6 Bemidji State in overtime 2-1 on Nov. 28. OSU also improved its record to 5-2-1 in Saturday’s contests. The Buckeyes will look to turn around their abysmal 1-7-0 record on Friday.Coming off of a 29-12-0 overall record and a 20-8-0 CCHA record, in which it led the CCHA in overall team offense and was tied for the best team defense, Michigan was skating into this season with dreams of a CCHA championship.It looked as if the Wolverines would follow the coaches and media poll predictions of being in the top spot in the CCHA as they started 4-2. But contests versus elite opponents such as Miami University and Michigan State humbled Michigan as it fell in five consecutive contests.However, the Wolverines have turned the page, as the team has won its past three contests while outscoring its opponents 13-3.Both schools’ coaches have left a significant mark on their school’s program. Red Berenson is in his 26th year as the coach of the Wolverines. He has also accounted for two of Michigan’s NCAA-record nine NCAA Division I championships.John Markell is in his 14th season behind the Ohio State bench. He has led the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament five times, the only appearances in program history.Michigan will enter this weekend’s contests hosting a number of the CCHA’s best offensive players. Junior forward Carl Hagelin leads the Wolverines with 12 points and seven goals. Fellow junior forwards Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso have scored 11 and 10 goals apiece, respectively.Junior goalie Bryan Hogan has started between the poles every contest for the Wolverines and hosts an impressive .903 save percentage and a goals allowed per game average of 2.30.Zac Dalpe is the Buckeyes’ lead scorer. The junior has a team-high nine goals and 17 points.Ohio State has two goaltenders who stand in the crease every other contest. Sophomore Cal Heeter currently holds a superior record to senior goaltender Dustin Carlson, at 5-2-1 compared to 1-7-0. But Carlson actually holds a better save percentage, .908 to Heeter’s .907.This weekend’s matchup between the two schools will add another chapter to one of the most historic rivalries in collegiate sports. OSU will host Michigan at the Schottenstein Center Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 8:05 p.m. read more

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Ohio State junior blocker Madison Smeathers (4) taps the ball to Michigan State on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns home on Wednesday to face No. 9 Nebraska. The team will enjoy a home-field advantage for six of its 10 remaining matches. Nebraska is heading into the game with a record of 15-5 and 6-4 in Big Ten play, losing four of its past five matches. The Buckeyes stand at 12-10 and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Nebraska leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes 13-7, dating back to 1978. Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said the team is working on making improvements after lackluster Big Ten play.“We are constantly trying to re-evaluate what we need to do,” Carlston said. “In terms of personnel, I think we have the best unit out there, so it’s a matter of being the best at what we can do.”The Buckeyes have 1,077 kills this season compared with the Cornhuskers with 955.Nebraska’s freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 1.64 blocks per set. Carlston said matchups like this against Nebraska is a good way to grow for his team.“Our young players are maturing, but they’re trying to learn and grow in the middle of the best conference in the country,” Carlston said. “We have a good group across all ages, learning how to compete on the road in a pretty hostile environment. Our kids want to win, and we want to win, but it’s a balance.”Ohio State sophomore setter Becca Mauer voiced the same focus for the Nebraska match and the rest of the season: decreasing the number of errors.“One of the biggest things for us to focus on is making the other team make the mistakes,” Mauer said. “A lot of times we are making the mistakes for them. If we limit the errors on our side of the net, the matches, the games, the sets will all go a lot differently. We aren’t giving ourselves a chance to play ball.”The Buckeyes have 438 attack errors, 193 serve errors, 111 serve reception errors and 44 block errors this season, while the Cornhuskers compare with 335 attack errors, 173 serve errors, 67 serve reception errors and 53 block errors. “Our Achilles’ heel is our passing errors,” Carlston said. “We want to be able to put the ball away.”Mauer is determined to make that happen.“The setters kind of run the offense,”Mauer said. “One of my main goals for the rest of the season is putting my hitters in the best situation possible. This past week we couldn’t really get our hitters going.”Ohio State will play  Nebraska at St. John Arena at 7 p.m on Wednesday. read more

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first_imgJesse Lingard has been one of the key players of José Mourinho’s Manchester United lately but he admitted that he prefers to play for his national team over his club because he can play with no fear there.The 25-year old scored 13 goals for his club this season and he was selected to represent his country in the upcoming World Cup in Russia – and he insisted that he is looking forward to this great experience.The Red Devils winger spoke about his desire to play for Albion as he said, according to Sports Mole: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…“I actually feel more comfortable when I play for England than United. Every game, you’ve got to play with no fear.”“It’s one of the pinnacles of your career as a player and it will be my first World Cup so I’ve got to enjoy every minute, whether I start or if I’ve got to make an impact from the bench.”“And I do think we will do well because of the team spirit we’ve got.”last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Pogba will still captain United once again when they face Brighton on Sunday and he will continue to captain the club pending when Antonio returns.There have been numerous reports of a rift between the United midfielder Pogba and his boss Mourinho but it did not stop Mourinho from understanding Pogba’s leadership potentials as they plan to win more games this season.“For the next match, yes,” said Mourinho, when asked if Pogba would skipper United at the Amex Stadium, according to Express Uk.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“For the next match, Paul will be captain it will stay with Antonio Valencia.“Last season I made Paul captain against Basel we thought he’s a young guy but a good personality, he was made in academy, normally a starting line-up player, so he has conditions to be captain in the future.“But when Antonio comes back he will be the captain.”last_img read more

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first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he will put out his strongest team when the club squares up against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday.The former Liverpool youth team coach refused to divulge whether he plans to give backup keeper Wes Foderingham another league cup appearance in place of the influential Allan McGregor, will give midfielder Scott Arfield time to prove his fitness.“We will go as strong as we can possibly go on Sunday. We won’t take any other game into consideration. We want to win the semi-final and we will go as strong as we can,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.Graham Dorrans, meanwhile, has undergone knee surgery and will out for the next three months.The former West Bromwich Albion midfielder has struggled with injuries since moving to Ibrox, and Gerrard admitted that: ‘He has had an operation on his knee and he will be missing until after Christmas, which is disappointing for him and for usSteven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Hopefully we can have him back not too long after Christmas – but with a clear knee, clear of pain and with a head clear as well.”“If we can get to that stage, Graham Dorrans is capable of pushing for a starting place in this 11 when you talk about ability and quality. We won’t give up on him, we will give him the support.”“He has had a frustrating few months but I think that has been down to desperation and wanting to play and be part of this, so you give him credit for that in a way.”“Sometimes, as I have experienced myself, the only way is to go under the knife and try and get it sorted that way, so we hope he is going to get it fixed.”last_img read more

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first_imgJuventus have reportedly joined the race for the battle of Isco’s signature due to his uncertain Real Madrid futureUnder new coach Santiago Solari, Isco is yet to start in any of the Argentine’s seven games in charge of Real.The last time Isco started a game for Real was in their disastrous 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on October 28, which saw manager Julen Lopetegui lose his job afterwards.In a press conference on Wednesday, Solari defended his stance on Isco by stating that there are no undisputed starters in his team.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Now Calcio Mercato claims that Juventus have been alerted to the possibility of Isco’s availability and are plotting their move.Manager Massimiliano Allegri is understood to have been an admirer of the Spanish midfielder for quite some time.However, the Old Lady are not the only ones interested in Isco with several other European giants eyeing a move for the 26-year-old.Isco has made 10 appearances in La Liga this season with half of those coming from the bench.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe 10th Annual Conch Festival took place last weekend and the event did not disappoint the scores of residents and tourists from all over the country who came to support the event. More than 25 restaurants competed this year in the Conch dishes competitions where last year’s second place winner Hemmingways Restaurant copped first place this year. First time participants, the TCI community college got third place in the specialty conch category. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_imgThe Kenai Watershed Forum has also monitored the water quality of the Kenai River watersheds twice a year (once in the spring and once in the summer) for the past 15 years. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) collected water quality samples on Kenai Beaches, on July 3 and 13, that showed elevated levels above Alaska’s enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria limit for recreation and harvesting for consumption of raw fish and shellfish. Bornemann: “It really boils down to avoiding this bacteria, and humans can do that pretty easy overall. Overall I think a fairly good message got out stating that there are ways to prevent this from infecting humans.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Branden Bornemann, Executive Director, Kenai Watershed Forum gave an update regarding water quality on the Kenai River at the Kenai City Council meeting, on September 5. Bornemann said the Watershed Forum is still wrapping up its final tests of the season and will release updated data as soon as it’s available. According to a release from the DEC, they recommend beach users take normal precautions to avoid exposure, such as avoiding swimming in the water, washing after contact with the water, and rinsing fish with clean water after they have been harvested from the area. Bornemann: “Is this a problem? What this data has been telling us since 2010 is that bacteria has been present at the Kenai River mouth consistently. It has been there since before dipnetting began, and it’ll be there after dipnetting ends. It is a thing that is naturally present in the ecosystem.” last_img read more

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first_imgTwitterJapan and Singapore have been crowned as countries with the most powerful passports, according to a study by Henley and Partners. The passports of the two Asian countries allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 189 countries.This information comes from the Henley Passport Index, a list compiled by Henley and Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm. They had rated countries across the world depending on how many countries the passport holders of the country have access to without needing to get a visa before travel.The list saw Singapore and Japan in the lead while Afghanistan came last with passport holders having access to just 25 countries without obtaining a prior visa. Giving a shock to the two superpowers, the United States and the United Kingdom have occupied the sixth position, the lowest score they have held since 2014.In the last quarter, South Korea held the top spot but was bumped to the second position, which it shares with Finland and German. The three passports allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 187 countries.Italy, Luxembourg, and Denmark occupy the third position with free access to 186 locations, followed by Spain. France and Sweden, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 185 destinations.In the fifth place, Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Switzerland allow free travel with 184 points.Along with the US and the UK, Belgium, Canada Norway, Greece and Norway share sixth place with a score of 183.”With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic and social progress,” Dr Christian H Kaelin, the chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index, was quoted as saying by Independent.He added, “However, this latest unique research appears to confirm something that many of us already knew intuitively: that increased visa-openness benefits the entire global community, and not just the strongest countries.”last_img read more

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first_imgShahidul AlamPhotographer Shahidul Alam has been shown arrested in a case filed under ICT Act.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman told Prothom Alo on Monday that Shahidul was shown arrested in a case filed with Ramna police station.Police official said DB’s north division inspector Mehedi Hassan filed the case against Shahidul on charge of “misguiding people circulating fake information in connection with the ongoing student protests and conducting anti-government propaganda on various social media like Facebook”.The Detective Branch (DB) of police, meanwhile, on Monday sought a 10-day remand for Shahidul, also managing director of Drik Gallery and chairman of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, for interrogation in a case filed under the ICT Act.On Sunday night, according to his friend Rehnuma Ahmed, a group of plainclothesmen introducing them as members of Detective Branch of police picked up Shahidul from his residence in Dhanmondi.Quoting security guard Md Jalal, Shahidul’s colleague ASM Rezaur Rahman told Prothom Alo that at least 15 vehicles took position near Shahidul’s residence on Dhanmondi 9/A Road around 8:30pm on Sunday.A Hiace microbus entered the garage of the building forcefully and some plainclothes got down from the vehicle, claiming to be members of DB, he added.Rezaur also said they went to Shahidul’s flat at the 3rd floor, picked him up and took him away by the microbus.“The plainclothes men shut down the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and snatched away the DVR box where CCTV footages were kept right after entering the building,” he added.Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma said that the microbus had Popular Life Insurance written on it.According to Rehnuma Ahmed, Shahidul Alam was picked up after giving an interview with Qatar-based news agency Al Jazeera over the ongoing student agitation for safe roads in Bangladesh.last_img read more

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first_img 00:00 /09:12 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Elizabeth Trovall / Houston Public MediaChains thought to be used by chain gangs in the Sugar Land area.center_img X A judge ruled to allow for more time to decide where to rebury the nearly 100 human remains that were discovered earlier this year at a Fort Bend ISD construction spot.The decision follows a request from the school district to move the remains to the nearby Old Imperial Farm Cemetery.“We asked the judge for permission to re-bury them at the Imperial Farms cemetery and at this point he decided he wasn’t ready to rule yet,” Veronica Sopher, the Chief Communications Officer for Fort Bend ISD, told Houston Matters. “He wanted us to continue having conversations about that, and what that might look like, and how that might happen.”The remains are believed to be of African American prison inmates who were forced to work in the sugar cane fields while they were serving their time. DNA testing is being used to identify the bodies.The unmarked graves were discovered when Fort Bend ISD started construction on the James Reese Career and Technical Center. The construction on the project is halted until a decision has been made regarding where to bury the remains.– / 2The school district wants the remains to be moved to Old Imperial Farm Cemetery, which is believed to contain graves of guards and prisoners who were once part of the Imperial State Prison Farm.“We do plan on memorializing the land where the remains were found. The way the building is being built, we will be able to create space inside the building and outside of the building acknowledging what happened,” Sopher said. “We don’t believe that having remains alongside the school building is an appropriate use of that space, in such a way where people can go and have reflection time and learn.”But others say the remains should be reburied where they were found out of respect. Ken Brown, an anthropologist at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters he believes the descendants should decide what happens to the remains.“Why do these genetic studies of these individuals if in fact you’re not trying to find their descendants?” he said. “Let’s get these people identified before we go through the process of reinterring them.”The judge set March as a tentative deadline to revisit the issue, with additional community input occurring in the interim. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgPrincipal Kelvin Bridges, My Brother’s Keeper task force Chair Broderick Johnson, chef Kwame Onwuachi, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Dr. Joe Leonard, USDA.United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore to announce a new online toolkit aimed at aiding urban farmers in growing and marketing their produce.The toolkit is available at usda.gov/knowyourfarmer. It consists of links to technical and financial assistance, including loans and grants, as well as local food directories. He was also there to view the students’ new community garden and to plant its final tree.“By expanding access to nutritious foods and increasing awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, urban farms are making a real difference in the lives of many, while promising a brighter, healthier future for the next generation,” the Department of Agriculture said in a statement. “Urban agriculture is also bringing new, younger producers to the marketplace. Diverse communities across the country are seeing results with increased access to healthy, local foods, reduced crime, and the development of new opportunities in employment and education.”U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Broderick Johnson, chair of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force join students from Frederick Douglass High School to plant the final tree in the school’s garden.Joining the Secretary of Agriculture was the chairman of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper task force, Broderick Johnson, and celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi, owner of The Shaw Bijou in Washington, D.C. and a “Top Chef” contestant. The attendees discussed the importance of not only the community garden, which the students had started, but urban agriculture and the opportunities it provides to urban communities and their citizens.In 2014 President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Johnson, a Baltimore native, heads up the initiative and serves in the President’s cabinet.“Community gardens are just one part of so many different things that we can focus on to help young people look at things that people might not give them an opportunity to look at like gardening and what that can mean for them today, in terms of their own health.” Johnson said. “It’s kind of improbable that people would think that you can have a garden here at Frederick Douglass High School and students can learn from it, but we’ve shown by being here today working with them that in fact lots of things are possible that people don’t think are possible.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The upcoming Panchayat polls in West Bengal are rapidly emerging as a warm up match for the BJP ahead the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the saffron party pulling out all stops to reach out to the people, political observers say. With nearly 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal located in villages and semi-urban areas, administered by Panchayats, an absolute control of the rural bodies is a must for political parties to have an upper hand on rivals in the next year’s Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe battle is interestingly poised as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is planning to play a bigger role nationally after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the BJP aiming to emerge as the main opposition to the TMC in the state.West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said the results of the Panchayat polls to be held next month might not have a direct impact on Lok Sabha polls as the elections in rural bodies were held under the state administration, but it would surely give an indication in which way the wind was blowing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The Panchayat polls will be a warm up match for us not only to galvanise party workers but also to reach out to the people against the TMC’s misrule ahead of 2019,” he said.BJP president Amit Shah had recently said the party is aiming to win 22 seats in Bengal.According to a state BJP leader, with the BJP facing anti-incumbency in some North Indian states, the saffron camp was well aware that any reduction in the number of seats needed to be compensated with seats from West Bengal and Odisha. “We need to win maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha in order to compensate the shortfall and also to emerge as the main opposition to the TMC,” the BJP leader said.”If we have to win more than 20 seats, then it is important that we have a good presence in Panchayats across the state and for that, we have to fight the TMC and win as many seats as possible,” Ghosh told PTI.The recent clashes between the BJP and the TMC in various parts of the states were a clear indication that the BJP would not yield a single inch without putting up a fight, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said.Even as the Congress and the CPI(M) failed to open their account properly in filing nominations across the state, the sheer number of nominations filed by BJP, which is just second to the TMC, showed how the saffron camp was serious in contesting the TMC.”The people of Bengal wants the BJP as they have seen the rule of the Congress, the TMC and the CPI(M). With each passing day, the BJP is gaining strength in Bengal despite terror tactics of the TMC,” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya claimed.The TMC leadership too accused the BJP of aggression in filing nominations and of bringing in “outsiders” to disturb the peace in the state.”They are trying hard to gain ground by use of violence but will not succeed as people of the state are with the TMC,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told PTI.The Panchayat elections will be held across 48,650 seats in 3,358 Gram Panchayats, 9,217 seats at 341 Panchayat Samitis, and 825 seats at 20 Zilla Parishads in three phases in the first week of May.The counting of votes will take place on May 8.The TMC now not only controls all the Zilla Parishads of the state but also 90 per cent of the Panchayat seats.In 2013, the TMC had won 34 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in a stellar show in Panchayat polls.The TMC’s victory in South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore Zilla Parishads in the 2008 Panchayat polls first signalled the fall of three-decade-old Left regime in 2011.According to political parties, the victory in these elections is important to reach out to the people as those living in rural areas depend on Panchayats for basic amenities such as drinking water, agricultural land, schools, social and government benefits.Galvanized after its performance in the recent Ram Navami celebrations across the state, the West Bengal BJP, which has been increasing its vote share in all the elections since 2016 Assembly polls, hopes to emerge as an opposition to the TMC by edging out the Congress and the CPI(M).Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, however, claimed, “The divisive policy of the BJP will not work in Bengal and only the Left Front can fight against misrule of the TMC.last_img read more

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first_imgThe rani pink of mystical Rajasthan; the pastel hues of southern India; the joyous, bright hues of the northern frontier; and the balmy bright colors of the east offer an insight into an almost perfect blend of India’s history and modernism. From colourful block prints, elaborate Mughal crafts to blue pottery and meenakari, Colors of India is more than just a story. It’s a narration of some of the rare arts getting even rarer each passing day, and much more! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show is by Kaynat Kazi who is an avid photographer who loves travelling to unfrequented places – from the heights of Ladakh, villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra – and captures diverse cultures that usually escape the regular eye. Her special interest lies in capturing female expressions and candid photography. She believes that the moment, the subject is conscious of being clicked, the original element is lost.Where: Exhibition Gallery, Greater Noida When : On till January 27 Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pmlast_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The state government has directed the district administration to take all necessary steps to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during Muharram.The matter has also been discussed in the meeting of the Group of Ministers held at Nabanna on Thursday. Partha Chatterjee, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister, said: “Administration in both state and district level has been directed to take necessary measures so that peace is maintained all over the state during Muharram.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”There is a section of people who keeps instigating (to disturb the peace and stability in the state). The officials have been directed to be vigilant in this connection so that peace is maintained,” Chatterjee said, adding that necessary instructions have also been given to the officials in the district level so that any attempt to create trouble can be thwarted. The ministers are also keeping a watch at the situation. Senior police officers were in the meeting that was held at Nabanna on Thursday. Sources said that like any other programme, additional policemen will be deployed to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. The policemen will be deployed at various places to help people. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that Bengal has a rich tradition of peace and harmony and at the same time she took various steps to ensure maintenance of the same. She had also urged people not to pay heed to any rumour. She had also urged common people to inform the police if they find any rumour monger attempting to create a troublesome situation by spreading “fake information”. She had also urged people to cross-check any information that they get on social media before forwarding it as in most cases “fake information” is getting circulated.last_img read more

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first_imgBALURGHAT: A 19-year-old homemaker was allegedly molested by some youths here on Wednesday night. The incident took place in Balurghat’s Bhatpara Colony area.According to a source, it was decided that the matter will be resolved in kangaroo court in presence of accused youths and the woman’s family members. It has been alleged that the victim’s family members were rampantly thrashed by the youths there while the hearing was going on. Two persons suffered serious injuries and were admitted to Balurghat hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice have received two separate complaints but no one has been arrested so far. A police source said the victim recently went to her maternal uncle’s house. On Wednesday evening, while she along with her husband and cousin was going to a local fair, the youths allegedly molested her. While protesting the incident, the victim’s husband and cousin received threats from the accused. They had attacked the woman’s family members in kangaroo court. The victim’s maternal uncle and a neighbour were admitted to hospital and three motorbikes vandalised. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarter), Dhiman Mitra, said: “If anyone is found guilty, he will be punished.”last_img read more

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