The Petersen Events Center is one of the hardest places to play in college basketball, and Pitt’s student section, the “Oakland Zoo,” is a big reason why. The Zoo is virtually on top of the court, and like many of the nation’s other top student sections, they get very creative with their heckling. Unfortunately, today doesn’t seem to be their day, at least when it comes to the “cheat sheet” for the game against rival Syracuse.The Oakland Zoo’s cheat sheet on the Syracuse players. Names of players’ girlfriends and moms! pic.twitter.com/VMrsBAxdC5— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) February 7, 2015Including mothers and girlfriends is a bit questionable, but the Zoo is far from the only student section to do that. However, the whole basis for taunts against starting forward Tyler Roberson is a mess.In its cheat sheet, the @OaklandZoo mocked Tyler Roberson for spelling his name wrong on Twitter. Problem is: the Zoo spelled it Robertson— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) February 7, 2015When making fun of someone for misspelling his own name, you should probably make sure you have it right first.
In what was one of the craziest endings we’ve ever seen in an NCAA Tournament game, No. 6 seed SMU lost to No. 11 seed UCLA on a goaltending call. The call was somewhat questionable, but it gave the Bruins a one-point lead, eventually sending them into the Third Round with a 60-59 victory. Following the devastating loss, SMU senior forward Yanick Moreira, the recipient of the goaltending call, took to Twitter to express his frustration. I would like to apologize for all the SMU fans as senior I shouldn’t make those type of mistake.. I’m really sorry— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015“@KDTrey5: Yep that was a goaltend.” You right ref thank you for end my college career pic.twitter.com/nhrrON0DQM— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015These guys don’t deserve it . It really hurts . All those mile run in the summer all those 2 a day to end my college career like this— Yanick Moreira (@Ymoreira35) March 19, 2015Here’s the play. Was it the right call?
Rice Leukemia SigneeThe Rice football program landed a very special recruit on Wednesday. Seven-year-old Ziggy Stoval-Redd, who is battling leukemia, signed with the Owls during a special signing ceremony. Accompanied by his mother and Rice head football coach David Bailiff, Ziggy received a warm round of applause from the Owl team. Here’s the video:Whenever stories like this pop up in the sports world, it always warms the heart a little bit.
KIGALI, Rwanda – African leaders on Wednesday signed what is being called the largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.The deal creates a continental market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion. A major goal is to boost intra-African trade and rely less on the volatility of commodity prices that affect many exports.The aim is to have agreement, signed by 44 of the African Union’s 55 member states, enter into force by the end of this year, said the chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. States now must ratify the deal, but the number of countries needed to put the agreement into force has not yet been agreed upon.“Our peoples, our business community and our youth in particular cannot wait any longer to see the lifting of the barriers that divide our continent, hinder its economic takeoff and perpetuate misery, even though Africa is abundantly endowed with wealth,” Mahamat said. He urged strong follow-up to “confound those who, outside Africa, continue to think, with barely concealed condescension, that our decisions will never materialize.”Concerns remain. The president of Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest economies, skipped the summit amid trade unions’ objections. “We will not agree to anything that will undermine local manufacturers and entrepreneurs, or that may lead to Nigeria becoming a dumping ground for finished goods,” President Muhammadu Buhari said through his office.And while Africa’s largest economies are expected to benefit most from the deal that progressively eliminates tariffs and other trade barriers, some of them worry that more people from poorer countries will migrate their way.But some of the continent’s strongest and fastest-growing economies, including Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia, signed the deal. South Africa’s new president has expressed support but his signing was not announced during the event.“Africa is stronger when we work together,” said Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, who led the free trade effort.
REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Ford and Volkswagen are in talks about building VW vehicles in some of Ford’s U.S. factories.VW CEO Herbert Diess (dees) told reporters after a meeting at the White House that the automaker is holding discussions with Ford.Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed the talks Tuesday and Executive Chairman Bill Ford says the negotiations are going well.VW also has said it’s considering a new U.S. factory to build electric vehicles that the company plans for the future.The German company now builds SUVs and a midsize car at a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but imports the rest of its vehicles.Ford and VW also are in talks about an alliance to build commercial vehicles.The Associated Press
New Delhi: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Monday said he will be meeting heads of payments banks later this week to understand their issues and concerns. As many as seven payments banks have commenced their operations. He also said that guidelines on regulatory sandbox will be issued in the next two months to promote FinTech in the country. A sandbox approach means experimenting and learning before finally adopting a technology or system. This approach helps in containing the impact of failures.
Shimla: One person was killed and 45 more injured when a bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Kullu district Thursday, police said. The accident took place near Shalang village in Lag Valley of Kullu, they said. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus, Superintendent of Police Shalini Agnihotri and Sub Divisional Magistrate Anurag Chandra Sharma were at the spot of the accident, an official spokesperson said, adding that the injured were undergoing treatment at a regional hospital. The family of the deceased was provided Rs 40,000 as interim relief by the district administration, he added.
New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday censured Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his remarks in which he allegedly warned the Muslim community that efforts were on to divide their votes in Bihar, and barred him from campaigning for 72 hours. The ban comes into force from 10 am, Tuesday. The Punjab minister joins leaders such as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP supremo Mayawati, Union minister Maneka Gandhi and SP leader Azam Khan who faced similar campaign ban recently. “The Commission…strongly condemns the impugned statements made by him during election campaign held at Barsoi and Barari of Katihar District,” the order rapping Sidhu reads. It also “censured” him for the “misconduct” “The Commission, under Article 324 of the Constitution of India and all other powers enabling in this behalf, bars him from holding any public meetings, public processions, public rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media (electronic, print. social media) etc. in connection with ongoing elections for 72 hours from 10am on April 23, 2019,” it said. Addressing an election rally in Katihar on April 16, the cricketer-turned-politician had stoked a controversy by urging Muslim voters of a Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar with sizeable population of the minority community to vote en bloc and defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The comments by the former test cricketer came when he was canvassing in support of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Tariq Anwar.
TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – It is National Youth Week and the PDM in a media statement says it’s Radio Show “Raising TCI” will return to the airwaves with a theme to honor young people. Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson explained about Youth guests that: “We will hear from them the challenges and what they feel can be done. We will also celebrate with the Miss Teen Organization….” Hon Robinson listed some challenges for young people including: “unemployment; under employment; depression; poverty; the growing inability to find their place or worth in their own country … lack of adult guidance; crimes; juvenile delinquency and improper facilities and programs…” but in her address, there was a charge for young people to, and again I quote: “…rise up and make your positive mark. You are required to contribute positively towards nation building. That is your duty and more so as you are the inheritors of what you build or destroy today.” National Youth Day is on Friday; it is a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos. Related Items:national youth week, Pdm, public holiday, radio show Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – A technical assistance loan of $441,000 was approved by the Cabinet to begin the feasibility study for coastal protection on the islands of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and Providenciales.According to a post Cabinet statement issued on Thursday (July 20), Acting Governor Anya Williams approved the loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and a grant of $50,000 from the European Investment Bank. The grant complements the CDB’s loan for consultancy services to conduct the feasibility study and to prepare designs for climate resilient coastal protection.Cabinet has also granted approval for the Ministry of Finance, Investment and Trade to begin discussions with AirBnB on a memorandum of understanding designed to stop tax evasion and improve government revenues.The negotiations will enable the government to collect revenue from operations in the vacation villa rental accommodation sector and to support the rental of villas in Turks and Caicos.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIcoastlinestobefortified#CDBloantofortifyTCIcoastlines#villarentalregulationstartedPhoto credit: caribiquevillarentals.com Related Items:#CDBloantofortifyTCIcoastlines, #magneticmedianews, #TCIcoastlinestobefortified, #villarentalregulationstarted
Wednesday was the deadline for representatives of the Newspaper Guild to notify Time Inc. brass about how many staffers accepted buyout offers as the company looks to eliminate as many as 500 from its overall workforce.Time Inc. is expected to begin slashing jobs as early as next week. The number of cuts will depend on how many volunteers stepped up for the buyout packages. I was told today by a company spokesperson, not unexpectedly, that Time Inc. won’t be disclosing the number of employees who accepted the buyouts.The New York Post’s Keith Kelly has a relatively detailed outline of how the layoffs might play out: The publisher’s biggest magazines (Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money) could eliminate 90 editorial positions—as many as 40 possibly coming from Fortune. During a recent earnings call, Jeff Bewkes, CEO of Time Inc. parent Time Warner, said the company will incur a $100 million charge during the fourth quarter as it begins a restructuring of Time Inc., primarily in respect to its news group. He said the restructuring will be “more targeted” in comparison to the massive changes that were made this time last year, resulting in around 600 layoffs.And about those layoffs last year: They were made department-by-department, instead of happening all at once as part of a collective announcement. News of more and more and more layoffs were unveiled in slow motion. We saw the same thing happen this fall at Condé Nast. Following the closure of Gourmet, Cookie, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride, hundreds of layoffs happened, but were announced at a painfully slow pace, over several weeks. It must have been a killer for employee morale. (In fact, morale hit such an “all-time low” the company reportedly hired a crisis intervention expert.)As Time Inc. gears up for its latest wave of job cuts, I hope, for the sake of its staffers, that the axe falls swiftly and that workers aren’t paralyzed, waiting for days and weeks for the final word about whether they will remain employed.
“We want our readers to engage with our brands in a variety of ways, and we feel our success will be based on being able to provide our content seamlessly across every appropriate platform that exists now and in the future,” Sauerberg told FOLIO:. “We want to take that engagement and continue to try to increase it and revalue the consumer proposition. We want to do that with our magazines and our Web sites and our digital applications.”Before taking on the SVP of corporate digital development at Time Inc., Ray served as vice president and general manager at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that she served as SVP and general manager of Time Inc. Interactive. Not long after promoting its consumer marketing group president to president of the company, Condé Nast has appointed Monica Ray executive vice president of consumer marketing, overseeing consumer sales and marketing for the company’s entire portfolio. Ray’s appointment is effective September 20.Currently, Ray serves as senior vice president of corporate digital development at Time Inc. According to Condé Nast president Robert Sauerberg, Ray’s “extensive experience in the areas of consumer marketing and digital product innovation will be critical as we expand our consumer-focused efforts.”In a recent Q+A with FOLIO:, Sauerberg said that while Condé Nast’s portfolio of 20+ print magazines is still at the company’s core, technology and consumer expectations have “changed dramatically” and one of its big goals is to increase its consumer touch points and to “monetize all of those optimally.”
Not changing the income tax rates or increasing the exemption limits for individuals, union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday proposed increasing the range of tax deductible investments/ spend.Presenting the budget proposals for 2015-16 in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said the government is proposing to rationalise various tax exemptions and incentives to reduce tax disputes and improve tax administration.The proposals mentioned by the finance minister made clear the government’s focus on enlarging the tax-exempt investments/spend.Jaitley said the proposals would result in tax deductions to the tune of around Rs.440,000 crore.Jaitley said in order to encourage savings and to promote health care among individual tax payers, it is proposed to increase the limit of deduction on account of health insurance premium from Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000 — for senior citizens this limit is to be increased from Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000.For senior citizens above the age of 80 years — who are not eligible to avail of health insurance — deduction will be allowed for medical expenses up to Rs.30,000.The deduction limit of Rs.60,000 on expenditure on account of specified diseases — like cancer — will be enhanced to Rs.80,000 in the case of senior citizens.The minister also proposed additional deduction of Rs.25,000 for differently-abled persons, increasing the limit from Rs.50,000 to Rs.75,000.It is also proposed to increase the limit of tax deduction from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.25 lakh in case of severe disability.According to Jaitley, investment in Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme will be eligible for deduction under section 80C of the income tax and any payment from the scheme shall not be liable to tax.Limit on deduction on account of contribution to a pension fund and the new pension scheme is proposed to be increased from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh. Additional deduction of Rs.50,000 will be allowed for contribution to the new pension scheme under section 80 CCD of Income Tax Act — increasing the exemption from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.1.5 lakh.Jaitley also doubled the transport allowance exemption to Rs.1,600 per month.According to him, the details of tax deductions proposed are as follows:Deduction u/s 80C – Rs.150,000; Deduction u/s 80CCD – Rs.50,000; Deduction on account of interest on house property loan (Self-occupied property) – Rs.200,000; Deduction u/s 80D on health insurance premium – Rs.25,000; Exemption of transport allowance – Rs 19,200; Total – Rs.444,200Reacting to the budget proposals, Prashant Khatore, tax partner, Ernst and Young told IANS: “The finance minister is connecting various proposals to the Make In India programme. Though there is no change in personal income tax rates, the corporate tax rate has been proposed to be brought down to 25 percent over a four-year period.”
SreemukhiTwitter/StarMaaTasks that are given to the contestants in Bigg Boss house are pretty much fun to watch. Most of the times, these tasks also show us the true and genuine side of the housemates.But recently a task was given to the third season’s contestants of the Telugu reality show according to which they had to share the emotional stories of their lives. As all the contestants began sharing and narrating their stories the audiences were also left emotional and teary-eyed.They shared all of their painful stories because of which we got to see a different side of our chirpy and cheerful contestants.Beginning with Ravi Krishna, the small screen actor shared his story about why he regretted coming to the film industry and how he ended up becoming an actor. He said this because he feels that pursuing higher education would have definitely helped him in bagging a good job in the US.Baba Bhaskar shared his touching story of losing his father and said, “I didn’t care about my dad when he is alive and even if I cry now, he won’t come back. So take care of your parents when they are alive”. Baba BhaskarTwitter/StarMaaJaffar, the popular host from TV9, shared his story about his sister. How he and his family ditched his elder sister who married a guy from other religion and she went into a coma after getting paralysed for the third time.Punarnavi shared the story of a friend, who died in the terrorist attack on Easter in Sri Lanka this year and told about how she has failed in talking/meeting him every time he tried to. Sreemukhi spoke about how she had failed in getting to see her grandfather for one last time before he passed away which left the housemates also in tears.
Share pbs.orgRiots in Charlottesville, Va. between Alt-Right demonstrators and counter protesters in 2017.Last month, a Frontline documentary called Documenting Hate: New American Nazis aired on PBS. The investigation from Frontline and ProPublica examines a neo-Nazi group that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military and how it’s gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally, that erupted in violence.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with A.C. Thompson, a reporter with ProPublica, and correspondent for Frontline.Related Link: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2018/11/21/312814/pbs-frontline-documentary-follows-neo-nazi-group-to-houston/
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgAfter a little more than two months in the chair, Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa resigned this week in the wake of three federal misdemeanor charges of not filing income taxes in 2013, 2014 and 2015.However, it seems abundantly clear to many that there is much more connected to De Sousa’s departure from the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), than taxes.Baltimore AFRO reporter Stephen Janis writes this week:“WBAL-TV reported May 15 that federal prosecutors had issued subpoenas to the city finance department for records related to De Sousa’s work history going back almost a decade. The documents sought pay stubs, travel records, personnel files and internal investigations…There are concerns that the subpoenas coupled with the motions filed by prosecutors stating that De Sousa was under investigation for other federal crimes, is a sign of other charges are forthcoming. Particularly since the prosecutors handling De Sousa’s case are the same duo that brought down the Gun Trace Task Force.”Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Ultimately, whether the 30 year veteran of the BPD was forced to resign because of taxes, or something far more insidious, the bottom line is De Sousa, the eighth BPD commissioner in 18 years, is out.Erricka Bridgeford, the leader and co-founder of the Baltimore Ceasefire 365, the grassroots anti-violence movement, is not happy about De Sousa’s exit.“I’m disappointed that the commissioner resigned. In relation to your job: I don’t care if you are unorganized in your own finances. It’s not my business if you cheat on your wife. When you show up at work, how well do you do your job? That’s what I care about,” wrote Bridgeford in a Facebook post on May 16.“I want a world where our current system of policing is dismantled and rebuilt, based on “power with” the community. But, in the meantime, we need people in BPD who really do their best, given the effed up system.”Some may disagree with Bridgeford’s assertion that she doesn’t “care if you are unorganized in your own finances.” And they may take issue with her not caring whether or not the police commissioner, or any other public servant, cheats on their spouse. But, I would take issue with anybody who doesn’t believe Baltimore’s criminal justice system and specifically, the Baltimore Police Department is “effed up.” And I think there is consensus that we want our leaders to “do their best.” And Bridgeford believes De Sousa was doing his best confronted with a dire situation within the BPD and our city.“Up close, I saw what Darryl De Sousa was doing. I saw him be more transparent with grassroots leaders than any previous commissioner. I saw him work with grassroots leaders to help keep people from getting killed, in some of Baltimore’s darkest hours in the last month. I saw him care about Baltimore, not just with his words, but with his actions. I saw him be open to feedback. I saw him be responsive to residents and help with things they needed,” Bridgeford added.“Nobody is perfect. If the places I fail in my personal life ever became public information, people would be out here hunting for my head…regardless of how good I am at what I do. I’m not saying I agree with De Sousa’s every strategy…because I disagree with a lot of policing strategies. But, given what the policing system currently is, the man was doing his best. He was someone I trusted in that position.”And I trust Bridgeford’s opinion and her leadership on this and she’s not the only person whose opinion I trust who backs the former commissioner.Baltimore took a big loss this week, now that De Sousa is out of the chair.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday and Friday at 5 p.m. on the AFRO’s Facebook page.
Some 65% of US TV households now have at least one TV set connected to the internet, up from 44% in 2013 and 24% in 2010, according to Leichtman Research Group.The 65% figure relates to smart TVs or those linked to the web via a games console, a Blu-ray player, or a stand-alone streaming device like a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV.Roughly 74% of those with connected TV devices have more than one device, with an average of 3.3 devices per connected TV homes, said the research.“Connected TV devices are now in nearly two-thirds of all TV households in the US, and there are actually more connected TV devices in US households than there are pay TV set-top boxes,” according to Leichtman Research Group’s president and principal analyst, Bruce Leichtman.The research found that across all US households the mean number of connected TV devices per home was 2.1, while the mean number of pay TV set-top boxes was 1.8 per home.“New forms of competition from internet-delivered video via connected TVs, along with technological innovations in the pay TV industry, are allowing consumers to choose more options for accessing and watching TV than they have ever had before,” said Leichtman.Other findings of the research include: 83% of households with any type of connected TV device get a pay TV service; 38% of adults with a pay TV service watch video via a connected TV device at least weekly; and 79% of all TV sets in US households are HDTV.
The number of users of international pay TV operator M7 Group’s OTT TV service has now reached 300,000, representing a growth rate of 30% since December last year.Bill WijdeveldM7 Group VP of business development Bill Wijdeveld said that take-up of the M7 TV app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, had been “impressive”.In addition to its app for Android and iOS devices, M7 has also introduced a dedicated app for smart TVs in partnership with Samsung, allowing viewers to access both linear and interactive services without the need for a set-top box. It said that agreements with other TV manufacturers would follow soon.M7 said that as a result of he rapid uptake of hybrid TV viewing among M7 subscribers, special interest channels targeting smaller viewing audiences, including NPO Zapp, NPO1 Extra, RTL Crime, RTL Lounge and AT5, are now primarily distributed via OTT.The pay TV outfit said that the availability of OTT and hybrid distribution in addition to M7’s existing DTH and IPTV platforms meant that the group was able to make new channels available. It said that it would shortly add NPO2 Extra, NPO3 Extra and NPO Nieuws to the line-up of the Canal Digitaal TV app. Content from the channels will also be available via the operator’s restart and replay TV services.