TagsTransfersAbout 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.
Kentucky’s men’s basketball team opens its NCAA Tournament tomorrow night, when the No. 1-seeded Wildcats will take on No. 16 seed Hampton. Today, John Calipari’s squad is having a practice at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville that is open to the public. There are a ridiculous amount of Kentucky fans in attendance. During a point in the practice, the Wildcats started taking half-court shots. Kentucky star freshman forward Karl Anthony-Towns made one, sending the fan base into a frenzy. Kentucky and Hampton are set to tip off at 9:40 p.m. E.T. Thursday. The game will be televised on CBS.
Gurugram: Having already achieved the dubious tag of being one of the most unsafe spots in the city, Kherki Dhaula toll plaza witnessed another showdown on Thursday morning.The woman toll collector rejected a driver’s identification card when he was trying to pass through the toll without paying any tax. She insisted that he pay the requisite amount of Rs 65 which is a one-time payment fee. The driver, named Rahul Yadav (26), travelling in a Maruti Alto with his friend, then slapped the woman collector before fleeing the spot, only to be arrested later. The incident occurred at around 11:50 am when the accused, a resident of Shikohpur, was stopped by the woman operator for the payment. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHowever, in an unlikely twist, not willing to be bogged down, she too hit him back. Before the matter escalated, the driver fled the spot. He was arrested two hours later and was charged under Sections 323 (punishment for causing voluntary hurt), 294 (obscenity) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC. “It is unfortunate that this incident occurred. However, we acted quickly and arrested the accused. He does not have a criminal record,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayNotably, this is the ninth such incident when women have been targeted by drivers at this particular toll plaza. A year-and-a-half after the idea to rope in women collectors was implemented; it seems to be falling apart now as unruly drivers do not even blink twice before being violent with those women. Toll attendants highlight that often the customers who are not willing to pay the amount argue with the toll booth attendants in order to intimidate them. Further, the ire of the local commuters who accuse the toll booth attendants of harassing them is another concern. “A major problem is being faced in dealing with the locals. As per rules, we are not allowed to charge them. However, they have to show a proper identity. As most of the people do not carry proper identity cards, the fact that we ask them to pay makes them angry and they start abusing us or in some cases, even physically assault us,” said a toll booth attendant on condition of anonymity.
PTOLEMAIDA, Greece — If earthquakes struck in slow motion, the results might be visible in a place like the Greek village of Anargyri, a hardscrabble enclave in a black landscape gutted by coal mining.The village in northern Greece once had more than 400 people. Now it has fewer than 50, after being torn apart over decades. Its roads are slowly buckling, its door frames have shifted, its walls and home foundations have cracked beyond repair. Residents are leaving not in panic but out of desperation.One after another, the tiny villages in Greece’s lignite belt have been destroyed by mining as the ground becomes too unsteady to hold homes upright. Bells at one church in the area are not rung regularly for fear of causing more cracks in the walls.Cattle farmer Michalis Bitas first noticed the damage to homes in Anargyri in 1986.“That’s when mining started locally. It slowly began to eat up the houses before it went on to eat us up too,” he said.Bitas is from one of the few dozen households in the village who have refused a power company’s offer to move them to a rented apartment in a nearby town. These villagers are demanding full compensation for their homes — a right only granted by law if mining occurs directly below a settlement.“I have sheep and machinery. What am I supposed to do? Move them into an apartment?” Bitas said.Heavy-duty coal excavators and vehicles on the horizon near the village look like toy trucks, dwarfed by the scale of the blackened mining fields.Greek is still hooked on coal, despite warnings about the dire consequences of global warming issued both by a new scientific report and experts at the recent U.N. climate talks in Poland and despite ambitious European Union-wide targets to replace coal use with renewable energy.Greece is currently the world’s 12th largest producer of lignite — known as brown coal — mining 36 million tons annually, according to U.S. federal government energy data. Lignite is a low-grade coal that throws off higher carbon dioxide emissions than black coal. It is often burned near where it is mined since its low energy density makes it too expensive to transport very far.Nearly a third of Greece’s electricity is produced by coal-fired plants and the country has no phase-out plan to stop using domestically produced coal, unlike most parts of Western Europe. Despite abundant wind and sun, only around 15 per cent of Greece’s energy is produced by renewable sources. Most of its reduction in coal use in recent years has been offset by an increased use of imported natural gas.Under measures hammered out with Greece’s bailout creditors, the state-controlled power company, PPC, will privatize three coal-fired electricity plants, prolonging their life.Also, contrary to many of its EU neighbours, Greece is on course to expand its dependence on oil and gas as the nation tries to attract overseas investment to counter a financial crisis that lasted nearly a decade. The Greek government has embarked on a major exploration drive for oil and gas off its western and southern coasts.The oil and gas ventures have alarmed environmental groups, which have issued an urgent plea to the Greek government to reverse its course and switch investments to the renewable sources like solar and wind power.“We must act directly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but our country is moving in the opposite direction,” a letter addressed to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said. It was signed by 34 environmental and human rights groups, including Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders.Greece is planning to invest “in fossil fuels for decades, along with worrying delivery of hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, on and offshore, for hydrocarbon extraction,” the letter said. “This would surrender the country to the nightmare consequences of climate change.”In Anargyri, despite the destruction of their homes, residents have mixed feelings about coal, since PPC is a key employer that provides 5,000 local jobs. The other attraction is that lignite, mined domestically, is not vulnerable to financial market swings or geopolitical shocks, unlike imported oil and gas, which in Greece mostly comes from Russia.“Clearly, lignite activity will be reduced and will be replaced by other sources of energy, renewable sources of energy,” PPC executive Konstantinos Theodoridis told The Associated Press.“But lignite will continue to be a strategic fuel that, in any geopolitical instability, is the only energy-producing fuel that is absolutely controlled by our country,” he said.___Derek Gatopoulos in Athens contributed. Follow Kantouris at http://www.twitter.com/CostasKantouris___Read more about climate issues from The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/ClimateCostas Kantouris, The Associated Press
New Delhi: The Odisha Parba 2019, a three-day mega celebration in the heart of India’s national capital New Delhi received overwhelming response by the visitors. Many visitors including foreigners relished the authentic taste of Odisha and experienced the essence of rich cultural ethos of Odisha at this event. Lakhs of visitors were thrilled with joy to witness Odisha’s magnificent journey from the ancient maritime era to the illustrious contemporary times and a vision for future of Odisha. Organized by Odia Samaj, New Delhi Odisha Parba 2019, a celebration of Odisha’s Culture, Tradition, Heritage & Cuisine was inaugurated on 15th March 2019 at India Gate Lawn No-5, New Delhi. In the valedictory ceremony of this event, Draupadi Murmu, Governor of Jharkhand was the chief guest and Dr Arijit Pasayat, former Judge, Supreme Court, Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, MP, Rajya Sabha and Odisha Dance Exponent graced the occasion as Guests of Honour and Odia Samaj President, Sidhartha Pradhan, Trustee Hiranya Mohanty were also present at the occasion.
Bengaluru: Attacked time and again over shifting loyalty from JD(S) to Congress, former chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday clarified that he was expelled from that party by former prime minister and its supremo H D Deve Gowda. “They (BJP) ask why Siddaramaiah quit JD(S) and joined Congress. I did not quit JD(S).. I was expelled. You must know the truth.. I was expelled from the JD(S) by Mr Deve Gowda for my AHINDA activities. Now you know, I believe,” Siddaramaiah told reporters at Kalaburagi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh AHINDA in Kannada stands for minorities, backward castes and Dalits. The senior Congress leader was canvassing for party candidate Subhash Rathod, contesting the bypoll from Chincholi assembly constituency. The Chincholi seat fell vacant after disgruntled Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav resigned from the assembly to join the Bharatiya Janata Party and contested the Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga where he had a direct fight with Congress stalwart Mallikarjun Kharge. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The BJP gave ticket to Jadhav’s son Avinash Jadhav to contest from Chincholi Assembly constituency, where election is due on May 19. While addressing a public meeting two days ago Siddaramaiah flayed Jadhav, saying a “traitor” alone would ditch the party, which is like a mother. In retaliation, BJP MLA and former deputy chief minister R Ashok had sought to know why Siddaramaiah quit the JD(S) and joined the Congress. To this, Siddaramaiah said Ashok knew nothing as there were lots of dissimilarities between Umesh Jadhav quitting the Congress and joining the BJP and him leaving the JD(S) and joining the grand old party. The comparison was “improper,” he added.
The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 108-98 on Monday night at Barclays Center, handing the Blazers their seventh straight victory.The Nets scored on 19 of their first 20 possessions en route to a 40-point opening quarter, but things soon cooled off after Portland’s defense settled in.“I thought it was a testament to our guys as far as how they competed,” said Portland head coach Terry Stotts. “They never lost confidence, they kept competing and kept chipping away at it. When you have that belief that you can do something it makes it easier.”For Portland, Wesley Matthews netted 24 points in the win, while Damian Lillard contributed 19 points and nine assists and Mo Williams added 12 points off the bench.“It never felt like we were out of the game,” said Matthews. “They were on a roll and we weren’t getting any stops, we never felt out of the game.”Portland trailed 63-56 at halftime before assuming control midway through the third quarter. Matthews tied the score at 69-69 with a driving layup and Aldridge hit a jumper moments later to put the Blazers in front.In the fourth quarter, Mo Williams’ floater in the lane with four seconds left had Portland’s lead at eight points heading into the final frame. Portland quickly pushed its lead to double figures and kept it until Paul Pierce hit a layup making it 105-96 but with 1:03 left in the game the Nets never recovered.Following the game, the Nets, who fall to 3-7 on the season, held a players-only meeting. According to the NY Post, guard Joe Johnson spoke about the private huddle, stating,“Just talking about the game, and what we’ve got to figure out…We’ve just got to get some chemistry, because when we get stagnant to where we can’t get a bucket, we have to have something we can go to and we’ve just got to figure it out.”
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.
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.
Tianjin Quanjian forward Alexandre Pato believes Milan pulled off a masterstroke by having Leonardo return.He also admitted he is ‘waiting’ for a call from his fellow Brazilian. Leonardo managed Pato at Milan between 2009-10 campaign and ever since then has returned to San Siro as the club’s general manager, prompting hype from the striker.“Leonardo has the vision, competence and authority to give the club a new approach,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport and quoted in Football Italia.“I’m not only talking in a technical sense. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for his call… after that we’ll see!Pato also shared his thoughts about Elliott Management’s takeover of the Rossoneri.“It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organisation,” he added.“That’s good for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.”
Manchester 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.Solskjaer 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.”
Former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).
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US president Donald Trump speaks at a Nevada GOP Convention in Suncoast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on 23 June. Photo: APEager to keep the Republican Party in control of the Senate, US president Donald Trump pressed his tough anti-illegal immigration stance before supporters Saturday, saying “we have to be very strong” as he sought to help boost the candidacy of a one-time critic.Trump was in Las Vegas to assist Dean Heller, the only Republican US senator seeking re-election in a state that democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Trump and Heller have papered over their once prickly relationship to present a united front in their shared goal of helping republicans maintain, if not expand, their thin 51-49 majority in the Senate in November’s congressional elections.Heller was among the officials waiting on the sweltering airport tarmac to greet Trump.In remarks to several hundred often-cheering attendees at the Nevada GOP Convention, Trump portrayed himself as the toughest against illegal immigration, saying at one point, “I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border.”But he excluded any mention of the fact that a massive public outcry, including from members of his own family, forced him to reverse course this week and end the practice of separating children from families after they illegally cross the southern border into the US“On immigration, we have to be very strong,” Trump said, saying the immigration problem should have been solved years ago and blaming Democrats for causing it. “The fact is we need more republicans because the Democrats are obstructionists.”Trump said republicans are for “strong borders, no crime” and called it a winning issue for the party. He alleged that democrats are for “open borders and MS-13 all over our country,” referring to the violent street gang, adding that stance is a losing issue for the opposition.Trump praised Heller for voting to cut taxes, and said US Rep. Jacky Rosen, Heller’s democratic opponent, would vote to raise them. He declared that he had a “great nickname” for Rosen before allowing the audience to egg him into saying it: “Wacky Jacky.”The president noted that Rosen was in Reno with democratic US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the state democratic Party convention. He again referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” to ridicule her claims of Native American ancestry.“Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas. Do you believe this?” Trump said. “When you see that, that’s not the senator you want.”Rosen responded quickly, first on Twitter, then saying in a statement that Trump’s visit was Heller’s “reward” for his loyalty to Trump.“The President is attacking me with lies and petty insults because I’m not afraid to stand up to him,” she said. “Dean Heller has been a rubber stamp for Donald Trump in Washington, caving to the President’s divisive agenda at Nevada’s expense.”Outside the convention, at least 300 people protesting Trump’s policy of separating families at the southern border were stretched along a sidewalk outside the casino-hotel where the president met behind closed doors with supporters before addressing the Nevada GOP convention. His motorcade drove past a smaller group of people holding signs that said “Resist” and “History Has Its Eyes On You.”Trump also held a separate event promoting tax cuts he signed into law six months ago.Heller had renounced Trump during the campaign as someone who “denigrates human beings” and suggested he wouldn’t vote for Trump, but later said he did. Heller also donated to charity a $2,000 donation he received from Trump in 2015.Last year, Trump publicly scolded Heller for holding up the GOP’s long-promised effort to repeal president Barack Obama’s health care law. He later repaired his relationship with Trump and helped deliver the rewrite of US tax laws to Trump’s desk.Trump acknowledged the relationship was “a little shaky in the beginning” but said “nobody fought harder to cut taxes than Dean Heller.”Heller was among a group of republican senators this week who urged the Trump administration to end the practice of separating families. Heller made no mention of the issue Saturday.The president also intervened in Nevada’s Senate race in March and persuaded Heller’s main challenger, Republican Danny Tarkanian, to step aside and run for a US House seat instead. Heller has said he didn’t ask for the favor.Trump said he would be back in Nevada “a lot” to campaign for Heller and other republicans. He said a vote for Rosen is the same as voting for the democratic leaders of Congress, Nancy Pelosi in the House and Chuck Schumer in the Senate, “and it’s a vote for all of the problems they bring.”“I don’t think you want that,” he said.Trump was accompanied by former top campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, now acting as outside advisers to the president. Days earlier, Lewandowski responded with “Wah-wah” during a Fox News Channel appearance after another panelist raised the case of a 10-year-old disabled girl who had been separated from her parents under Trump’s immigration policy.Convention-goers lined up to have photos taken with Lewandowski before Trump addressed the gathering.The event marked Trump’s second campaign appearance this week. He was in Minnesota on Wednesday for Pete Stauber, a Republican congressional candidate running in a traditionally democratic district.Trump is scheduled to stop in South Carolina on Monday to help boost government Henry McMaster’s fortunes on the eve of a Republican gubernatorial runoff. He is also scheduled to travel to North Dakota to campaign for republican Kevin Cramer, who is challenging US Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a democrat seeking another six-year term in a state Trump won by 36 percentage points in 2016.
00:00 /06:59 X Art Sisneros’s Facebook PageArt Sisneros has resigned from his position as Texas 36th District Elector. Until recently, Sisneros was the Texas Republican party’s elector for the 36th district – one out of 38 electors representing 36 congressional districts and two statewide positions. Sisneros took an oath, pledging to vote for the party’s presidential nominee. But after Donald Trump won the election, Sisneros realized he’d couldn’t vote for the president-elect in good faith.Sisneros published a blog post over the weekend, explaining his reasoning. He writes that he cannot cast his electoral vote for Trump and that he must resign as an elector.Sisneros tells that his reason for resigning was not so much about his personal feelings as it was about his understanding of the role of Elector. “As an elector, I began to evaluate what are the moral implications of this job and what I’ve been elected to do,” he says. “I began to really examine what that meant. It was more of a revelation of this conviction of ‘This is what somebody must be if they’re going to serve in public office.’ They must be a man of truth, and just and fair, and so forth.” “Before I came out and said I was resigning, people went insane,” Sisneros says. “Death threats, threatening to find where i work and hunt me down and all kinds of stuff, because all I simply said was ‘You know this job is so important, this office is so important and the consequences of it are very real and important that I’m gonna think, that I’m gonna weigh these options.”But Sisneros is happy with his decision. He’s also okay with the idea that Trump will win the Electoral College’s final votes. He says he’s done his part.“My obligation is to do my part as a voter and as an elector – I think also as a citizen,” he says. “My job is also … as a Christian is to pray for the president. I can’t control the outcome, I can only control my actions. So I’ll pray for him as our president, but I’ll also be willing to call him out when he’s not acting according to what he says he believes.” Sisneros says he knew what he was pledging, but not what his role as an Elector was. After further researching the position, he says he came to the conclusion that he “sinned” in pledging his electoral vote for the Republican party nominee.“I think it’s clear that the founding fathers were opposed to pre-pledge candidates,” he says. They thought that populous people could come in and woo certain populations … and they figured that a representative head, that electors would be wise enough to see through some of these things.”The Electors were a protection against a pure democracy, Sisneros says, but the Electoral College has become corrupted. Electors were originally free from political party affiliations and the pledges those parties now ask electors to sign. Sisneros says he found that historically and morally this means he must vote his conscience as an elector.Texas’ Republican party has an “immoral” pledge, Sisneros writes in his blog post. It reflects citizen’s push for a democracy, instead of a republic.“They want their popular vote across the state counted. They do not care about the authority of the office of an Elector. As long as they have someone to do what the people demand, they don’t care who it is. … That is evidence alone to prove that our republic is lost. The shell may remain, but in the hearts of the people and functionality of the system our republic is gone. God’s Word is clear we should all ‘let our ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and our ‘no,’s ‘no.’”“In the hearts of the people, they want one voice, one vote,” Sisneros says. “They want a true democracy, a pure democracy. … They no longer view it as a representative government. The representatives are there to do what the people want. What the people demand.”That’s all only part of why Sisneros decided to resign from his post. He says as a Christian, he also felt he could not vote for Trump based on the president-elect’s character.The pledge he signed made no mention of the “biblical qualifications” a candidate must have to serve as president, Sisneros writes. But the Republican party’s 2016 platform says they adhere to the original language and intent of the Constitution and the laws of nature and “nature’s God.”“The law of nature’s God give clear principles for electing civil leaders. The original intent of the Constitution gives a specific method that to apply those principles. The Republican party of Texas declares their #1 principle is to honor God and original intent of the Constitution. They then force Electors to make a pledge that is contrary to both. … I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”Sisneros says he had three choices, which he laid out in his blog post: vote for the Republican party nominee; vote for someone else and become a “faithless elector”; or resign.He got a mixed reaction about his resignation.“A lot of people are supportive on both sides and a lot of people are really angry,” Sisneros says.In one Facebook post, Sisneros preempted his decision acknowledging that he was about to resign and that people were going to be unhappy about it:Art Sisneros Facebook Page Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
Rev. Jamal BryantSigns have emerged that suggest Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, a Baltimore fixture and pastor of the Empowerment Temple Church in West Baltimore, may be considering making a run for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ congressional seat.When asked if Bryant was mounting a campaign for the Cummings seat, which has been occupied by the Maryland’ 7th Congressional District representative since 1996, Nicole Kirby, a spokeswoman for Bryant, said, “I can neither confirm nor deny Jamal is running” for office.Cummings himself is the subject of speculation that he will run for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Maryland seat now that she is retiring. Cummings hired Ashley Martens, who is known for her Senate fundraising skills, is a possible signal that he will run for higher office. Cummings did not respond to a request for comment.Bryant is a frequent fixture on television and during the April Baltimore uprising, was often seen leading protests. He gave the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral in April and was very visible last summer in Ferguson, Mo, where he was arrested demonstrating against police brutality following the shooting death of Michael Brown.
(PhysOrg.com) — Qualcomm used the CES event in Las Vegas yesterday to showcase its Snapdragon S4 line of chips, expected to ship in devices later this year. A key highlight was the company’s demo of LTE-speed connectivity with the Snapdragon S4 chip on a tablet running Windows 8. The company’s keynote by its CEO Paul Jacobs set the tone that the overall goal is to have Qualcomm Snapdragon chips put the company on the map not just as smartphone chip makers primarily but as a brand that carries weight in tablets, notebooks and other computing devices. The Snapdragon line is promoted as enabling good wireless speeds and superior connectivity. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Qualcomm’s profile rises as wireless invades consumer tech © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset heads for tablets, TVs (2012, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-qualcomm-snapdragon-chipset-tablets-tvs.html The Windows 8 tablet debut was performed with the Snapdragon S4 and OS running on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. AT&T VP Michael Stice got in the act to affirm Qualcomm’s strengths for chipset design. He said AT&T is working with Qualcomm in next-generation mobile PCs and tablets carried on AT&T’s 3G and LTE networks.Analysts see Qualcomm as eager to encroach on Intel territory and nibble more particularly into the Intel-dominated segment of PCs. Paul Jacobs, the CEO in a show interview, told the reporter that Qualcomm was revved up about the opportunity. “We have a really good Snapdragon chip, and I think we have a very good shot with that chip,” said Jacobs.Jacobs pitched Windows on ARM as providing great opportunities for Qualcomm as technology partner. He said the end result was users getting always-on mobile computing experiences. He said this was “a really exciting opportunity for S4 to flex its muscles.” Along with the Windows 8 tablet demo, Qualcomm announced the first smart TV to run on a Snapdragon processor, also in launch mode at CES, the Lenovo K91. Lenovo’s new Snapdragon-based smart TVs will be sold in China. The voice-controlled set is launching there this year. “Consumers demand a seamless experience across all screens, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and televisions,” said Raj Talluri, vice president of product management for Qualcomm. “Having Snapdragon processors power smart TVs and digital media adapters is a natural extension of our leadership in mobile and computing technologies into the connected home.”
Kolkata: 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.
Modern brides are bringing change in the way they style themselves post-marriage. So how about taking inspiration and adding some variety in yours too?Experts list some options:Contemporary saris: Gone are the days when brides wore heavy saris. Contemporary saris not only save you from the weight of heavy saris, they also make you stand out in a crowd. Just pair it with the right accessories. Breezy outfits: After wearing embroidery heavy clothes for wedding functions, you need a break. This is when breezy outfits and silhouettes come in. Bring your breezy clothes and let your skin breathe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFlair pants: Flair pants give you a vacation from denims, so bring them out while travelling to your honeymoon if you feel wearing shorts won’t be the appropriate wardrobe choice in front of your in-laws. Kurtis: Who said saris and suits are your only clothing options after marriage? Wear linen kurtis to work paired with culottes, pants or denims, and look smart and chic with the right minimal accessory. Chic pant suit: Why not? Wear a chic embroidered pant suit that is not too formal, but a perfect fit for a fine evening. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePants and crop tops: There are way too many places to go after you get married. The list of functions and dinners are endless, and you don’t want to wear the same kind of outfit, so wear a crop top with the right pair of pants. What’s better than a chic yet easy going bride?The right pair of footwear: Bring your own collection of footwear ranging from flats to heels. The right footwear can change your look.But make sure you know where you’re going and choose the right pick wisely because it will not be easy to stand in four inches of heel without your feet crying for mercy. Accessories: Make your collection a mix of ethnic and boho chic because you need the right jewellery with the right outfit. A pant suit paired with an ethnic choker will look better than wearing it with no accessories.
“He always gave his true self. That was his caring, honest, generous, fun-loving personality.”And Ashley said the hardest part was the fact that there had been “no signs”.“There was nothing to indicate why he did it.”Ms Kane said there had been no indication that anything was wrong and appealed for anyone in need of support to talk to someone.“It’s OK not to be OK,” she said.“I would just say if there is any sort of feeling in your body and head that you don’t want to be around any more, don’t think about it – go and get help.“Think of who you have. Don’t be thinking nobody cares. There’s so many people who care. Go and seek help.”Mr Brennan, who also had a son with a former partner, played soccer for several teams over the years including Coleraine Olympic FC and most recently North Coast FC.Ms Kane described him as “the best person you could have in your corner”.“Shane was just the life and soul of every group,” she said.“Any place he went into, his smile would have just lit up the whole world. He always had a good thing to say about somebody.“Shane was one of those people who put other people’s happiness in front of his own. Whatever he had he would give, the clothes off his own back. If he had 50p in his pocket to last a week, he would have given it to them.“He just lived for his children. He adored his children.”Ms Kane said she and Shane had been looking forward to Christmas and had spoken about their wedding.“We talked about getting married all the time,” she said.“We are just devastated. You want to know why and we will never know why. “Not everybody has processed it. I haven’t processed it properly. My heart is broken into pieces that never in a million years will be back together.”Mr Brennan, who had been due to turn 30 next month, was found in the early hours of Saturday.Coleraine Olympic FC posted on Facebook to say it was “deeply saddened by not only his death but the fact that another young life has been lost in the community”.“We would like it to be known to our players and the wider community, the club is here to support in anyway it can,” the post read.“If anybody feels the need to talk, we are here and will never turn anyone away, whether it be a private message or 10 minutes out of our day for a coffee and a chat.“It’s times like these our community needs to pull together and make sure nobody is left behind.”Requiem Mass for Mr Brennan will be celebrated at St Malachy’s Church in Coleraine today with burial afterwards in Coleraine Cemetery.:: Anyone experiencing distress or despair or seeking guidance about someone they know can contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. The Samaritans can be reached on 116 123 or 028 9066 4422 or in the Republic 087 260 9090.Don’t suffer in silence, says fiancee of Co Derry man who tragically took his own life was last modified: December 20th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Ashley KanecoleraineColeraine Olympic FCDon’t suffer in silencesays fiancee of Co Derry man who tragically took his own lifeShane BrennanST MALACHY’S CHURCH Mr Brennan (29), an amateur footballer who worked as a butcher in Coleraine, took his own life.His partner Ashley Kane has urged anyone in distress to “reach out” for help, saying that “it’s OK not to be OK”.Ms Kane, who has a one-year-old son, Teddy, with Mr Brennan, said his death has devastated all who knew him.“I just miss him so much,” she told The Irish News. Shane Brennan with his fiancée Ashley Kane and their son TeddyA CO DERRY mother has urged anyone who has thoughts of taking their own life to seek help after the sudden death of her fiance.Ashley Kane says the death of Shane Brennan has left her heart “broken into pieces. ShareTweet