Emery praises Arsenal teenage star Bukayo Saka

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Bukayo Saka’s “big personality” after their 1-0 Europa League win against Qarabag FKThe 17-year-old winger made his full debut for the Arsenal senior team on Thursday night and impressed greatly in the second-half at the Emirates Stadium.In fact, Saka nearly capped off a superb performance by becoming the club’s youngest goalscorer in Europe after shooting the ball into Qarabag goalkeeper Vagner’s face in the dying moments.“Every young player, we have the responsibility to give them chances, first to train with us and to be demanding with their performances,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.“We give them these chances in the games like today, when we can do that. They show us in every match positive things.“Today Saka also played with a good performance, with a very big personality and we were speaking at half-time.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“His personality is very important for us to continue trying to go 1v1 and break lines with his quality.“He played with a very big personality and sometimes with a very good performance.“It’s very important for his confidence and for us also, because we can look at this player and see quality to help us.”Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal finished as Group E winners with 16 points from six games.The Gunners will next take a trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

Solskjaer discusses bringing the best out of Pogba

first_imgManchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes rattling Paul Pogba is key to bringing out the best from the Frenchman.United continued their 100 perfect start to life since Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker manager in December following their 2-0 win against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.Pogba has been one of the most improved players since the Norwegian took over, with the World Cup winner scoring four goals and creating three assists in his last four games for the Red Devils.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Solskjaer believes tapping into the aggression of the former Juventus star which was on display against the Magpies after being fouled by Jonjo Shelvey, has helped him rediscover his form for United.“You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going; he has been immense for us,” Solskjaer said, according to Standard.United face a tough game after their FA Cup third round tie at Reading on Saturday when they travel to Wembley Stadium to face high-flying Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

David Wagner admits Huddersfield have problems

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner admits the club has problems both in defense and in attack following their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Bristol City.The former Borussia Dortmund youth coach admits he faces a tough task of raising the morale of his players after their 1-0 loss to Bristol on Saturday.The Terriers, who are bottom of the Premier League, suffered more misery against th Championship club with Josh Brownhill’s 72nd-minute strike proving the difference between both clubs.“We have lost the last nine games in a row and seven of them have been by one goal,” said Wagner, according to Yorkshire Post.“It’s tough to pick the players up and it’s the same for everyone at the football club.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“We are in a difficult period and I didn’t see it coming, but we have to get through it.”Asked if he felt under pressure, Wagner replied:“To be honest, I’m not the right person to get asked this question, which is why I can’t answer it.”“The fact is the responsibility is mine for what has happened at the football club in the last three-and-a-half years, and that includes what’s happening at the moment.”last_img read more

Barkley defends underfire Chelsea coach Sarri

first_imgRoss Barkley is confident that Chelsea will overcome their rough patch of form under Maurizio Sarri and become a success with time.The pressure on Sarri has reached a boiling point lately on the back of Chelsea’s recent results in the Premer League, which has seen suffer heavy defeats to both Bournemouth and Manchester City in the past month.Currently, the Blues are down in sixth-place in the standings and in danger of missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season.Today’s Carabao Cup final against City at Wembley is being viewed as one of the three key games Sarri has left to convince the Chelsea board to stick with him amid reports they’ve grown increasingly concerned by the club’s struggles.Speaking to reporters on Saturday, the former Napoli coach lamented the fact that he must deliver right now while “lucky” City counterpart Pep Guardiola was given all the time he needed.But Barkley is confident the team are adapting to Sarri’s footballing philosophy and urged the Chelsea board to give the Italian time.“He [Sarri] tries to improve every player. Throughout his career, you can see at Napoli how well he did with the players he had, how well he improved them,” said Barkley, according to The Telegraph.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“You can see on the training pitch a lot of things improving in each individual. We went through a bit of an up and down spell in the last couple of weeks, but we’re confident we’ll come through it and achieve success.“With each individual, everybody takes instructions in a different way. We’re all top-class players and we all want to learn more. With the manager, we’re learning on a day-to-day basis.“If you compare Pep Guardiola’s first season, they went through a bit of an up and down spell. When I was at Everton, we beat Manchester City 4-0.“The Premier League is the most competitive in the world. You can have an off day one day, a good game the other. It’s more repetition in training and results will come through.”The 25-year-old added: “We’ve got the ambition to be one of the best footballing sides in the world. We’re one of the biggest clubs in the world. The style of play the manager wants to play it’s not where it’s at right now. Over time it will come.”The English midfielder has managed five goals and assists in 36 appearances under Sarri at Chelsea this season.The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.BURNLEY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 28: Ross Barkley of Chelsea celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC at Turf Moor on October 28, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)last_img read more

Shooting victim to be airlifted older man stabbed in face in Provo

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – An update on that shooting reveals the man shot outside his home on Aquamarine Street in Millennium Heights subdivision in Wheeland will be airlifted today for further medical care, he was last listed in critical condition. The man, described as a Bahamian is believed to have been followed by his attackers who fired several shots at him in a drive by attempt, likely on his life. The man managed to duck into his home, but not before being struck and it is unclear how many times at this point. It was said the police could be looking for a silver colored vehicle. We are also receiving a report of a stabbing; a 65 year old Jamaican man, long-time resident of these islands had emergency surgery as he too was listed in critical condition after being attacked as he was walking; our report is that he was stabbed about the body, even in the face. We have no news on where the incident happened or how many assailants there were at this time, but we can tell you that he was robbed. The man will also be transferred out of country for further treatment. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police involved shooting in Lewis Yard, details scant Manhunt on for Kim’s Crescent killer, Bahamas police report two other shootings TCI Police Investigate shooting in Providenciales; two escape injury Related Items:millenium heights, shooting, wheelandlast_img read more

PDM relaunches radio show for Youth Week

first_img 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 memeslast_img read more

Former Miramarbased Marine found not guilty of murder in DUI crash that

first_img January 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Jason Riley King KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A former Miramar-based Marine who drove drunk and caused a head-on freeway crash that killed two UCSD medical students was acquitted of murder Monday but convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI.Jason Riley King, 24, faces a maximum of 17 years and four months in prison when he is sentenced April 6 for the May 16, 2015, deaths of 23-year-old Madison Cornwell and 24-year-old Anne Li Baldock. Three others in Cornwell’s car were seriously injured.“This was a case that was 100 percent preventable,” Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright said after the verdicts. “We lost two women who were in med school — were very bright lights — (and) three others were badly injured. The impact of one person’s decisions to decide to drink and drive — drink in excess and drive — basically changed the lives of five separate families, as well as the defendant’s own family.”King’s attorney, Rich Hutton, said the jury got it right by acquitting the defendant of murder.During the trial, Hutton conceded that King caused the wrong-way accident that killed the victims and injured their friends, leaving one in a coma for some time after the accident. Another victim is struggling to resume his studies in medical school. But he argued that his client was guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI, not murder.“The whole issue in this case was, was it a murder or not?” Hutton said. “We firmly believed it never was, and that’s what the jury determined today.”Hutton told jurors that what they learned about drinking and driving during the two weeks of trial was much more than King learned from the military.In her closing argument, Bright said King was warned not to drink and drive but chose to do it anyway, acting with a conscious disregard for human life.After getting kicked out of a country western bar, King told a female Marine friend who asked for his keys, “I got myself here, I’ll get myself home,” Bright told the jury.Eight days before the fatal crash, a police officer at an on-base “stand-down” told King and hundreds of other Marines that if they drank and drove and hurt or killed someone, they could go to jail, the prosecutor said.Asked by CHP officers why he drank and got behind the wheel, King “remembered people telling him not to drive” and did it “because I was ignorant,” Bright told the jury.The victims had just left a party in Hillcrest to celebrate the completion of their second year in medical school when Cornwell’s Prius was hit head-on by King’s raised Ford F350 truck about 1:30 a.m. on northbound state Route 163 near Interstate 8.An expert testified that King’s blood-alcohol content was between .15 and .20 percent at the time of driving, according to the prosecutor. Posted: January 22, 2018 Former Miramar-based Marine found not guilty of murder in DUI crash that killed two UCSD medical students KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:02 PMlast_img read more

Escondido Police investigate two Saturday stabbings

first_img KUSI Newsroom, September 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – Two teenagers were stabbed in separate incidents Saturday evening in Escondido, but neither would tell police what had happened, officers said Sunday.The incidents come after two other stabbing incidents in the preceding 24 hours — one involving a boy who brandished a knife at a movie theater and cut a patron, and the other involving alleged gang members who approached two teens and stabbed one of them.Police gave no indication that the attacks were linked, and all four incidents remained under investigation Sunday, hampered by silent victims.The first Saturday stabbing was at around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Hickory Street and East Pennsylvania Avenue.A 17-year-old boy was found screaming and bleeding from his pants, according to Escondido police Officer Brandon Byler.Police found the victim collapsed in a parking lot and gave him first aid until paramedics were able to take over.The victim, who was determined to have an outstanding felony warrant, wouldn’t cooperate with officers and did not give a suspect description, Byler said. He had non-life-threatening injuries to his legs and was expected to survive.Just after 8 p.m., officers were called to the area near Grape Street and Mission Avenue when a 16-year-old boy was found beaten up and unconscious on the sidewalk.The boy had several non-life-threatening stab wounds and a severely- lacerated finger, Byler said.That victim was also unwilling to cooperate with officers, Byler said. KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 9, 2018 Escondido Police investigate two Saturday stabbingslast_img read more

Buyout Window Closes Layoffs Loom at Time Inc

first_imgWednesday 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.last_img read more

RACE RESULTS Wilmingtons 14th Annual Half Marathon  5K

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s 13th Annual Half Marathon & 5K Is A Tremendous SuccessIn “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: Results Of 1st Annual Firecracker 5KIn “Community”15th Annual Wilmington Half Marathon Set For September 29In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce held its 14th Annual Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 23, 2018. The top ten results and links to complete results are below:Top 10 5K Male Finishers1 BRIAN SCHELL 32 | M 16:252 MIKE GIBERTI 26 | M 16:483 JESSE BELDING 29 | M 18:214 EDWARD KATZ 34 | M 18:485 NOAH THOMPSON 21 | M 19:056 NATHANIEL HULL 18 | M 20:127 STEVE ZELLA 41 | M 20:128 JARED COSTANTINO 35 | M 20:379 JAMES SCHORTEMEYER 33 | M 20:3710 JOHN BRZEZENSKI 49 | M 20:43Top 10 5K Female Finishers1 ELLEN BRYANT 32 | F 20:572 DAMARIS HOEMAN 48 | F 21:243 KRISTINA SCAVIOLA 0 | F 22:454 KATELYN RICHARDSON 23 | F 24:075 RACHEL LOAN 32 | F 24:336 JANE ROGERS 53 | F 24:437 KAREN CASSELLA 48 | F 24:558 JESSICA GERALDO 31 | F 25:219 ERIN BYRNE 32 | F 26:5710 KAYLA MILBURN 24 | F 27:07Full 5K Results HERE.Top 10 Half Marathon Male Finishers1 CARL HARTFORD 33 | M 1:16:502 THOMAS SCOTT 26 | M 1:19:193 DAVID CORBETT 34 | M 1:19:304 CHASE SMITH 21 | M 1:19:315 COLEY CARDEN 42 | M 1:22:066 PATRICK MAHONEY 38 | M 1:22:087 WILLIAM FLUGRAD 33 | M 1:22:168 PATRICK BRICKLEY 41 | M 1:22:479 JUNHUA SHEN 38 | M 1:24:1010 MIKHAIL TIOURINE 34 | M 1:24:15Top 10 Half Marathon Female Finishers1 KATRINA VASSALLO 30 | F 1:21:512 AMANDA BEUCLER 24 | F 1:22:433 REBECCA TRACHSEL 43 | F 1:26:054 HEATHER MAHONEY 35 | F 1:32:265 SARAH HUELMSTAD 42 | F 1:34:046 NICOLE BEDARD 36 | F 1:38:327 MOLLY KARP 36 | F 1:38:438 MIO YONEMURA 40 | F 1:39:049 HANNAH SMITH 28 | F 1:39:3210 MIA SAVAGIAN 28 | F 1:40:27Full Half Marathon Results HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Now we have to watch out for zombie snakes Oh great

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Apple iPhone XS Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 16 Photos Tags Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate The parks department offers a link to a page from the group Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina, which explains  the snake’s zombie behavior in more detail. “When threatened, hognose snakes hiss loudly and spread their necks like cobras do, resulting in the nicknames ‘puff adder’ or ‘spreading adder,'” the page explains.  “They rarely bite during these displays, but they may strike repeatedly. If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around. If turned over onto its belly, it will immediately roll again onto its back.”It gets even more horror-movie-like when you learn that “enlarged teeth in the rear of the (snake’s) mouth are used to ‘pop’ toads for easier swallowing.” That’s toad-ally disturbing. But to humans, the snake isn’t much of a threat. Katie Hall of the parks department told Fast Company that while the snake does have venom, it very rarely bites people, and the bites are treatable.”It’s not like your flesh is going to rot or you’re going to lose a limb or something,” Hall said.North Carolina State Parks has declared 2019 to be the “year of the snake,” and is urging residents to “scale back your fear” by learning about the creatures. Forget The Walking Dead. Try The Crawling Dead. Last week, the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department warned citizens about a “zombie snake” in the state that knows how to play dead.In the post, the department shared images of the eastern hognose snake lying on its back, mouth open, pretending to be dead. “Let’s play a game!” the post declared. “Who is this ‘famous’ NC snake? A cobra? A zombie snake? It’s a harmless one.” $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Rylo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNETcenter_img Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 1 Share your voice Comments Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $155 at Google Express See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo $999 See it Comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Read the AirPods review See It $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $6 at Tidal See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazonlast_img read more

Tax Deductible Investments Hiked to ₹44 lakh

first_imgNot 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.”last_img read more

Over 1750 BNPJamaat men detained in 8 days

first_img`Over 1750 BNP-Jamaat men detained in 8 days`Police in special drives have detained at least 1786 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami in different districts across the country in the last eight days, ahead of the verdict in a graft case against Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.As many as 222 more were arrested in seven districts from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning as well.A Dhaka court fixed 8 February to deliver the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda, her self-exiled son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and four others.Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said 1,300 BNP leaders and activists have been arrested in the last seven days.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, however, denied the allegation.”None has been arrested in the name of special drives. Police remain alert to maintain law and order,” Asaduzzaman Miah told Prothom Alo on Tuesday.Security have been beefed up at important places across the country, he said.Police have also started frisking people at the entry points of the capital, at the railway stations, bus terminals and waterways as well.When asked about such steps, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said the law enforcement had been trying to make sure nobody could create an untoward situation.last_img

Rape victims struggle to seek justice

first_imgProthom Alo illustration Covered in blood, a garments factory worker was brought by her friend and an auto-rickshaw driver to Mohammadpur police station in the capital on a night in March 2004. A gang-rape case was filed around 1:00am.Police seized the victim’s pyjamas, chemise, kameez and scarf, all blood-stained, as evidence of the incident.The case statement said the garments factory worker was returning home from work around 9:00pm. Two acquaintances came up, covered her mouth with their hands and dragged her to a slope on one side of the road. She was raped there by one of these men, along with two other strangers and the supervisor of a nearby building. They later left her in front of a shop.Police had detained the supervisor and accused him in the case. The two acquaintances were let off the hook as the police could not find their addresses. The other two unknown persons remained traceless.The trial has been underway at the women and children repression prevention tribunal-4 in Dhaka for 14 years. The accused supervisor has fled after being released on bail.There were 14 witnesses of the prosecution. The judge recorded the victim’s deposition in 2005. The deposition of four others, including a physician, was also recorded. But since April 2016, neither the police nor the public prosecutor (PP) could produce any witness before the court.The girl was treated at the one-stop crisis centre (OCC) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Later, a non-governmental organisation gave her shelter.She has been traumatised by the incident.A counsellor at the shelter centre said, for six months she didn’t talk to anyone and used to curl up in a dark corner for hours.Her family did not stand by her at that time.Senior researcher of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Ruchira Tabassum Naved, who has been working for around 20 years on violence against women, said, “Rape victim, women or children suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is something experienced by those who go to war or go through similar traumas.”It is very difficult for a victim to emerge from this situation on her own.“Filing a case or seeking justice is a huge task. The girl needs strong support to do something like that,” Ruchira said.In such cases family support is essential. But, the fear of disgracing the family, fear that no one would believe her, holds her back from seeking justice.Lawyer Maksuda Akhter, director, advocacy and lobby of central legal aid sub-committee of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, said, “The fear is real.”She said, negotiations in salish (out-of court settlements) are sought first. Many on the prosecution side-police officers, physicians, and prosecutors-share a common tendency to put the blame on the woman if she files a case.In another incident, another garments worker filed a gang-rape case with Uttara police station in Dhaka in 2003. The statement said two previously acquainted men told her they had found a good job for her. They took her to a house and raped her there.Medical reports said she was recently subjected to forceful sexual intercourse while chemical tests said there was presence of “human semen” on her pyjamas.The investigation officer of the case submitted a charge sheet against the accused. He, however, also said he has come to learn from “open and confidential investigations” that both the accused had a love affair with the woman, who was abandoned by her husband. Both of them had maintained “objectionable” relations with her.The judge of the women and children repression prevention tribunal-2 in Dhaka released the accused person after 12 years of starting the trial as police and PP failed to produce any witness including the victim.According to Prothom Alo findings, out of 5502 cases filed over the incidents of rape, murder after rape and gang rape in the past 15 years, the accused were punished in only 3 per cent of the cases.The police stations which witnessed the highest numbers of rape cases were located in the areas where the number of poorer people and garments workers is high.Prothom Alo scrutinised 52 of the cases. Most of the cases were filed by low income persons, either day labourers or housemaids or garments workers.Proving rape is a very complex process. Negligence in investigations makes the case proceedings lengthy and these lengthy cases hardly see any results.The findings also revealed that support from the family members of the victims decline due to increasing litigation costs, complexities, and social pressure. This forces the victims to seek out-of-court settlements (shalish). Also, the suffering of the victims escalates in course of time as they do not have enough knowledge of the litigation process.They lose confidence in the judicial process. The atmosphere at the police stations and courts and medical centres are also devastating to the victims, show the findings.From police stations to hospitalLawyer Maksuda, who has been in the profession for 30 years, said in the beginning of a rape case, the victims face suspicion. She said, police ask the victims if they went there on their own or if they were paid.She added that the victims were even branded as professional sex workers.Maksuda also said, “They are suspected of being involved in a love affair or have had sex with consent.”Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said a female and child-friendly desk has been opened at every metropolitan police station.“Female police run the desk. The DMP women support and investigation division has female employees, too,” he added.DMP’s additional deputy commissioner (Motijheel division) Monalisa Begum said, “We are trying to remove the adverse environment at the police stations. Women-friendly officers are also required.”“Also, supervision of investigation by senior police officers must be intensive,” she observed.The physicians examine the whole body, particularly the vaginal area for signs of forceful sexual intercourse. This requires the victim’s consent. But the whole process adds to the victim’s trauma.Male physicians mostly conduct the medical tests due to lack of female forensic experts. This also discourages most of the victims, the finding added.The so-called two-finger-test, which has recently been prohibited by the High Court, has been used to examine the vaginal canal, its laxity along with the signs of injury and the condition of the hymen.Sometimes the physicians write that the girl is habituated to sexual intercourse. According to the forensic experts, the language is unscientific and irrelevant to substantiate rape incidents.A report on a raped child reads ‘old ruptures of the hymen’. Such comments are used to brand the woman or child to be of generally immoral character.There are allegations of bribery to change forensic reports.Asked about the matter, forensic expert Sohel Mahmud said he found this allegation ‘hard to believe’.Humiliation at the courtThe public prosecutors (PPs) at the tribunals say, they cannot make the witnesses, either the victim or the plaintiff, to come before the court for testimonies. This is one of the main reasons for delay in trial and lack of conviction.Tribunal-1’s PP Md Abdul Bari said, “Judges ask court officials to make phone calls to the plaintiffs. We also contact them, but they don’t receive our phone calls.”Lawyer Maksuada said, “The victims need coordinated support along with the case proceedings, which is not available.”Prothom Alo findings also show that a victim of the much-talked-about Banani hotel rape case had to come to the court for three days before she could give her testimony. She was not heard by the court on the first two dates set for recording her statement. On one such date, the Prothom Alo reporter was present at the court. He overheard many snide remarks directed towards her, even by the court officials.Prohibiting the two-finger-test, the HC asked the judicial court to ensure that the victims are not asked humiliating questions over the rape.Defence lawyers also try to prove a victim of rape immoral since, according to section 155 (a) of Evidence Act, questions can be raised about the deposition of an immoral victim.The Supreme Court advocate Shahdeen Malik said rape offence has nothing to do with whether the girl is moral or immoral.The section actually has added to the harassment of the victim, he observes.The victim has to recount before the court how she was raped. The special law of 2000 to prevent repression of women and children dictates, if the victim wants or the court decides it appropriate, then it can hold a closed-door hearing or camera trial in rape cases.Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, an experienced lawyer in criminal cases, doubts the number of petitions ever filed over this.”The PP should ensure the closed door hearing. It is the PP who must save the plaintiff from obscene questions of the defence party. And, it is the judge’s responsibility to save the victim from being humiliated.”The security of the witness is also a crucial factor in case of the defence party’s strong political liaison and wealth.Haunted by fearThe girl was 16-17 years old in 2013. She lived with her parents in Dhaka and was training in tailoring. One of her friends took her to the river Buriganga river for a boat ride one day.Three men from another boat forcefully boarded their boat and took them to a solitary char (river island). They raped her after tying up her friend. Later, seven more men raped her in turns.The girl was bleeding and injured all over. One of the rapists took her to his home. The girl told her sister everything over phone. Her sister came and admitted her to hospital. She also filed a case with Keraniganj police station alleging gang rape.The physician got rape evidence. The detailed statement the victim presented before the magistrate was horrific.The police arrested seven perpetrators. Two of them came up with a statement to the magistrate that the girl’s friend had negotiated to hand over her to them for Tk 1,500 and the girl also had consent.In this case, 10 persons including the friend were indicted. The tribunal-1 has completed recording testimonies by four witnesses. But, neither the girl nor anyone in the family showed up in court. The lawyers said they were not attending in fear of the defendants.When the Prothom Alo correspondent went to the family’s rented quarters in Dhaka, one of the relatives of the landlord said, they left the place soon after the incident. No member of the family could be traced even at her village when the correspondent went there too.’False’ caseAminul Haque Ghani, who moved as a defence lawyer in a number of such cases, says, “Most of the rape cases currently running in the court are to harass people.”The special law of 2000 to prevent repression of women and children has given right to file a counter case. But, such examples are rare.The additional DIG of CID police Sheikh Rezaul Haider said he had seen some false cases filed due to land disputes in villages.The DMP deputy commissioner Monalisa Begum added that most of the rape cases were genuine. There were exceptions in the cases connected with ‘relationships’ and ‘rape’ she added. “These cases are complicated in character.”Relationships and promises of marriageThe Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000 has defined rape after the section 375 of the 1860 criminal procedure code. It states that, rape involves intercourse with someone other than one’s wife, and over the age of 16, by force or by deception.Intercourse with a girl under 16 years of age is always a rape. Though, it is different in case of a wife. If she is not under 13 the penal code does not have any scope to considering this as a rape.Many of the police officers and PPs have questions on the issue of cheating. This section is used for accusations of rape on making promises of marriage.PP Abdul Bari has seen many such cases being filed long after the crime. If the woman is an adult, she claims she was picked up, bluffed that marriage was on the cards, and then raped. As a long time elapses following the incident, no evidence is found.Bari said, “It becomes evident that they lived together willingly. The defendant then says, nothing happened by force.” So the case cannot stand and settlements take place.A mother, in a case filed in 2008, complained that a youth known to their family raped her daughter who was a garments factory worker, after promising to marry her. They rented a house in Kamrangichar of the capital. The mother filed a case after the girl had conceived.The girl’s mother and brother said the girl gave birth to a baby while the case was under trial. They settled the matter with the rapist as he agreed to marry her.As per the settlement, no one went to testify before the court. But the youth left the girl once the Tribunal-2 acquitted him from the case in 2016.Now he does not even bear the child’s maintenance costs.Reality of settlementPP Abdul Bari said, he has seen the instances of acquittal in cases even though there were evidence of gang rape of a minor girl by her “lover” and his “friends”.Most of the rape victims come from impoverished families. They settle the matter outside court. In some cases, they either testify that no such incident happened or they do not even come forward to testify.Human rights lawyers said the pressure to negotiate intensifies once the trial procedure delays. The families of victims face different kinds of pressure, to which they ultimately give in.Dhaka district and session judge court public prosecutor (PP) Khandaker Abdul Mannan said practice of such settlement should be stopped by any means.The state or prosecution should strictly oversee the matter so that rape cases are not settled outside the court. Even the court should declare the witness as hostile if s/he tries to testify in favour of the accused.Settlement benefits allInvestigating some cases, Prothom Alo finds that complainants are not the only ones seeking arbitration or settlement processes. And such arrangements are lucrative for the third parties as well.Advocate Maksuda said powerful quarters like local political leaders and elected members of union council generally lobby for the accused. Police and prosecutors remain active in favour of the accused in police stations and courts. They sometimes arrange marriage between the accused and victim. They are financially benefitted from the settlement.Tribunal-5 PP Ali Asghar claimed they remain in the darkness about the settlement.“Defendants think that if we inform the PP, s/he would intervene. And the plaintiff thinks PP would ask for money if s/he knows about the matter.”He, however, agrees sometimes three parties get involved in the settlement process.“If someone is dishonest, it is solely his personal choice,” he added.Former inspector general of police Nur Muhammad says, there is no scope of denying allegations of bribery or unlawful transactions for detouring a case. And both the parties, those who take and those who give, are responsible for this. He thinks strong supervision by senior police officials could improve the situation.Lawyer Shahdeen Malik believes the state can easily hasten the process of justice. But it does not bother meting out justice for those poor women.No one cares!A 12-year-old girl was raped in 1999. She lived with her aunt in a slum in Dhaka. One day a neighbour took her to some security guards of a building. Two guards raped her on the rooftop of the house.  Then another man raped her.Police arrested four persons following the filing of a gang rape case with Gulshan police station.Tribunal-2 began the trial in 2002. But after 17 years, all the accused got acquitted as the police and PP failed to produce any witness. By the time, one accused died.What about the girl?Nobody knows as her details are not written anywhere. Her fading fingerprinted signature at the end of the case complaint remains to be the only proof that once she was there.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza, Toriqul Islam, Nusrat Nowrin and Galib Ashraflast_img read more

Most top govt officials corrupt Mahathir

first_imgMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who staged a stunning election upset earlier this year to return to power aged 92, said he inherited a government lousy with corruption and with few trustworthy officials, reports CNN.”From outside we saw the damage, but we never expected the damage to be so extensive,” he told CNN at his offices in Putrajaya, south of the capital Kuala Lumpur. “Most of the top echelons in the government are corrupt.”Mahathir’s predecessor and former protege Najib Razak has been charged with multiple counts of corruption for allegedly embezzling millions in public money from Malaysia’s 1MDB fund.”I have to work with some of those people who are suspect,” Mahathir said. “It’s a very difficult job, if you don’t work with people you trust, you don’t know whether what you want them to do will be done or not.”Malaysia ranked 62 of 180 countries in Transparency International’s most recent global corruption index, with the NGO’s local affiliate warning that corrupt officials have been able to “stash their ill-gotten gains in their house or foreign banks and invest them in luxurious mansions, expensive cars or lavish lifestyle for their children with total impunity and in blatant disregard for the citizens they are supposed to serve.”As well as widespread corruption and the case against Najib, Mahathir is also facing significant foreign policy challenges, as Malaysia faces a more aggressive China and the fallout from US president Donald Trump’s trade war.Succession plansNow 93, Mahathir is the world’s oldest leader, 21 years older than Trump and more than twice the age of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.Credited with turning Malaysia into a major trading and economic force in Southeast Asia, Mahathir left politics in 2003, but he returned with a vengeance this year, determined to oust Najib, who he blasted as corrupt and dictatorial.To do so, he teamed up with former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir himself once jailed, to lead a coalition of opposition parties which succeeded in toppling Najib in a landslide.Now Mahathir is back at the seat of power: literally, his staff said he uses the same desk as during his previous premiership.Soon after the win, Anwar, who had been in prison on sodomy charges, received a royal pardon, and both men have talked of him eventually replacing Mahathir as prime minister.”If the condition for us working together is my serving as prime minister for two years or three years, for me that is not important,” Mahathir said. “I will abide by the wishes of the people.”He said his personal opinion of Anwar did not matter — “I have to trust him whether I like it or not. I can’t be here all the time.” — though he added if “people want me to serve” beyond the time agreed with his coalition partners, then he would stay in power.Anwar is expected to run in a by-election in the near future in an effort to rejoin parliament, allowing him to replace Mahathir as prime minister.Caught between China and USMahathir’s keenness to remain in office may be lessened once he begins the task of tackling the many challenges — both at home and overseas — facing his government.Najib had pulled Kuala Lumpur close to Beijing, signing up to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s much vaunted Belt and Road trade and infrastructure initiative.Mahathir, however, has so far appeared more cautious.This month, Malaysia canceled a multibillion-dollar China-backed rail project after a government assessment found it was some $20 billion over budget.”We have always been friendly with China,” Mahathir told CNN. “There’s a saying, ‘the powerful will take what they will, the weak will yield what they must.'”Referring to Beijing’s increasingly assertive behaviour in the South China Sea — which it claims almost all of as its territory, including islands claimed by Malaysia — he added “we cannot go to war with them.””They are more powerful, and we cannot fight against them, (so) how do we benefit from their wealth and their power? That’s what we are looking at now,” Mahathir said. “We have to accept the reality of the situation.”He accused China of seeking to “spread its influence using the money that it has,” and said while China-backed mega projects are welcome in Malaysia, he didn’t want the government or businesses to be reliant on borrowing Chinese money.Some experts have warned Belt and Road projects may pile debt onto smaller countries, putting China in a strong position to influence their strategic decisions or even gain control of important infrastructure.Mahathir’s second major foreign policy concern is the other Pacific power: The United States. He has previously criticised Trump as a bully and expressed concern he could destabilise the region’s security or economy.”Trade war does not do anything good for the world,” he said of Trump’s recent economic policies.”He asked for things which are quite, quite unacceptable. For example, he wants to build a wall to separate Mexico from the US, and he is asking the Mexicans to pay. It’s your project, you pay! But is it because he thinks he’s powerful so he can ask people to pay for what he wants to do? So how do you deal with that kind of mindset?”He added that a trade war would hurt everyone: “The US will lose, China will lose, the whole world will lose. War and trade wars (don’t) solve any problems.”Terrorism threatMalaysian security concerns aren’t limited to Chinese warships in the South China Sea. Like many of its neighbors, Kuala Lumpur has faced a growing threat of Islamic terrorism, fueled by returnees from the Middle East and the proliferation of groups affiliated with the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.Last year, an ISIS-allied militant group was driven out of the southern Philippines city of Marawi by a concerted military campaign. The group included multiple Malaysians, including financier Mahmud Ahmad, considered one of Malaysia’s most influential jihadists and the assumed source of funding for the Marawi operation.Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have been stepping up security cooperation, particularly in the largely ungoverned border areas where militant groups are known to shelter.”It is a threat to our country but you know, we tried to counter terrorism with very sophisticated ways and all that using new technology to fight terrorism, but terrorism has a reason, it has a cause,” Mahathir said. “You have to (tackle the) cause of terrorism, if you can tackle the cause and remove it, then there won’t be terrorism.”He added that no one can win a guerrilla war, which “can only be fought within the hearts and minds of the people,” and blamed extremist religious leaders for fueling violence.”Islam that you see today is not actually the Islam that is taught by the religion. It is the Islam interpreted by certain powerful people, leaders, scholars and all that,” Mahathir said. “Islam of the Quran is a very moderate Islam. (It) calls upon all Muslims to be brothers, it forbids killing, but (they) are doing all those things which are forbidden by Islam.”last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 4 Taxes And Asteroids

first_img X  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:The outcome of the G6 race and its political impactTrump’s moves away from an “America First” agendaThe British election in JuneTrump is snubbed by his buddy Tom BradyThen the profs dig in to one of the two certainties in life, Tax Day! What are the prospects for tax reform? And how about Trump’s returns and those Tax Day protests? Also mentioned, Earth dodges a bullet as a massive asteroid just misses us. (Phew!) By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  00:00 /16:20 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Dozens of Texas Districts Must Improve Failing Schools – Or Outside Managers

first_img Share Dozens of school districts across Texas — including Houston — are currently on track to face tough, new sanctions, if their elected officials don’t improve chronically failing schools by next August.The Texas Education Commissioner could replace the school boards in all those districts, following a tough “no excuses” law passed by state lawmakers in 2015.“It changes our focus from the level of the campus to the absolute top — where I think needs to be  — sort of school boards and superintendents,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath at a hearing last August.The option to install a board of managers has been available to the commissioner before. But it’s usually reserved for districts with widespread academic struggles as well as financial mismanagement.This law, known as House Bill 1842, allows the commissioner to appoint outside managers if a district has even one campus that chronically fails the state’s standards for five or more years. Then, the district’s elected officials could face the consequences – and lose their jobs.News 88.7 analyzed the data from the Texas Education Agency and found more than forty districts that could see an outside board of managers as early as next year, if their school ratings don’t change by 2018.On the list: the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio districts.“The stakes are going to be very high this year. If districts don’t begin to see some improvements, then some of those more difficult choices under the law are going to start to come into play,” said David Thompson, an attorney with the firm Thompson and Horton.The Houston Independent School District could end up becoming the poster child for the law’s sanctions and strict timeline. It’s the biggest district in Texas, with more than 200,000 students and a $2 billion budget. Plus, it has the most schools — more than a dozen — that have missed the state’s standards for three or more years. In Texas education parlance, they’re labeled “improvement required.”“While I think it’s unfair, it’s also incumbent upon us to do our jobs. And one school with multiple years of (improvement required) is too many,” said HISD trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones.She represents Kashmere High School, which has failed state standards for the last seven years. That’s the worst record of any campus in the state. Several other campuses in her district in Northeast Houston are struggling to meet state standards as well.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaStudents on a youth council and members of a community board helped create a new Kashmere Success Center on campus to provide wrap-around services for students. The marching band celebrated the opening in 2016.Other HISD schools that have persistently missed state standards: Wheatley and Worhing high schools.“And so I think it’s critical that we move the needle for these kids. But more importantly, for the kids. Not because we need to stay compliant with the law,” Skillern-Jones added.Some intermediate steps spelled out in the law have already happened, primarily two-year turnaround plans for the struggling campuses.But the clock is ticking for districts to improve all the chronically failing campuses – or face the consequences.“This bill is designed on a fundamental basis of what gets measured, gets fixed,” said state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston.“You know, is it going to be eight years? Is it going to be 12 years? You just can’t look the other way anymore.”And now, Texas education officials are watching closely.“I don’t think we can sit back and kind of arm-chair quarterback and complain about under-performing teachers at  an individual campus when in fact it’s the leadership at the district level that sets the stages whether they can succeed or not,” Morath told Bettencourt and other senators last year.Morath previously was a school board trustee himself in Dallas, until Gov. Greg Abbott named him the state’s education chief.“I used to quip when I was on the school board before that, you know, there are not enough layers in the bureaucracy to protect teachers from our foolishness,” Morath said. X 00:00 /04:03 00:00 /01:11 Listen center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Across Texas, local voters elect their board of trustees, who then hire the superintendent, guide policy and set the budget for their local public schools.That’s why some view the risk of an outside board of managers as an extreme option.Thompson described it as an “almost nuclear option of the governance of an entire community’s schools.”“If you think about it, you’re not just telling the school board, ‘We don’t think you’re doing a good job.’ You’re literally telling a community, ‘We don’t think you as a community are capable of governing yourselves,’” he explained.The Texas Education Agency declined to comment for this story, saying they had to wait until the agency officially releases 2017 school ratings later this month.But Thompson said that he’s concerned Texas is ratcheting up sanctions while it shrinks financial support.“Setting standards or requirements and then not providing the means to meet those requirements isn’t accountability. It is simply punishment,” he said.“And there is a lot of concern among school districts that – to use an old Texas phrase – the state is all hat and no cattle.”The commissioner could choose another option. Instead of suspending elected officials, he could close low-performing campuses.Laura IsenseeIn HISD, and other Texas independent school districts, local voters elect trustees to direct policy, set budgets and hire the superintendent.In Houston, HISD trustee Skillern-Jones said that she would rather lose her job than close a school like Kashmere High.“Put in a board of managers and that affects nine board members’ lives,” she said. “You close the school down, especially one like Kashmere, you affect 500 families and kids. And I think that’s not the correct action to take.”Because, she said, when schools close, the community suffers and poverty snowballs even more.School districts like Houston will know more where they stand after the state released the 2017 school accountability ratings later this month.Some districts could improve and escape the risk of a state take-over.For others that still have persistently low-performing schools, the pressure could increase, because then, the process to appoint a board of managers – or close campuses – will ramp up with one more year of low ratings in 2018. Houston ISDNews 88.7 found more than 40 Texas school districts that could see an outside board of managers as early as next year, if their school ratings don’t change by 2018.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Harris Grant 75 Million to 28 NonProfits Helping Harvey Victims

first_imgAl Ortiz | Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announce the recipients of the joint Harvey Relief Fund on October 3rd, 2017.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced Tuesday the first 28 recipients of grants funded through the joint Fund the City and the County created to help Harvey victims.Tony Chase, co-chair of the Fund, says that, so far, they have raised approximately $79 million.The first round of grants amounts to $7.5 million and the chosen non-profits will use the money to provide services such as temporary housing, home repairs and rental assistance, among other things.Chase also says the goal is to have all the monies of the Fund distributed in the next nine to 12 months.The non-profits that received the funds include household names, such as Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Salvation Army, but also groups that work in certain parts of greater Houston, like the Katy Christian Ministries and the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation.Mayor Turner emphasized during a press conference to announce the grants that the help isn’t just for people with low income levels.“You may be middle income, OK? But all of your stuff is on the curb and you’ve exhausted your savings and your bank account. Well, you need help too,” Turner noted.The grant contracts specify the selected non-profits must use the funds for programs benefiting Harvey victims within the next 90 days. Listen 00:00 /00:59 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share last_img read more

Comcast Boys Girls Clubs Create TechSavvy Seal for Youth

first_imgClub youth explore the newly-renovated technology center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Richard England Clubhouse.For children coming of age in the 21st century, online platforms have shaped the lives of these young people more than any other generation. These children are no strangers to using smartphones, electronic tablets and computers as tools for learning and communicating. Google is the cure for this generation’s inquisitiveness,  and sharing thoughts, photos and ideas through social media is like second nature.On Nov. 13, Comcast partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to introduce the “My Future,” initiative, which wasdesigned for youth at the Richard England Clubhouse in Northeast, D.C.  The clubhouse is located in Ward 7 and is historically known as having one of the highest African-American populations and most under-served residents in the city.Comcast provided the non-profit organization with $100,000 to fund the clubhouse’s fully renovated technology center.“We are worried about students starting out behind and not being able to catch up,” said Charisse Lillie, vice president of community investment at Comcast and president of the Comcast Foundation, in an interview with the AFRO.Boys and Girls Club staffers, community leaders, Comcast execs and media personalities celebrate the launch of Comcast and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new technology initiative.The initiative, which is part of a five-year partnership between the two entities, reaches nearly 4 million youth in over 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Out of the 12 clubhouses in the D.C. metro area, only one was chosen as an anchor for the project.“We have need here, why shouldn’t we do it here,” said Pandit F. Wright, president and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.She said she hopes that the new technology can entice more young people to visit the clubhouse on a more consistent basis.District youth now get personalized, hands-on experiences in the digital realm through the initiative. This program encourages safe and productive online interactions with over 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including exploring the web, communicating with others and building media. Children are also encouraged to tap into interests that could potentially lead to careers in robotics, coding, game design and online journalism.“When they walked into the computer lab, the smiles on their faces is what mattered most,” said Dr. Damon Williams, senior vice president and chief educational and youth development officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.last_img read more

Performer Shares the Evolution of Black Women Through Touring Solo Show

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor. mgreen@afro.comBlack Girl Magic might be a newer hashtag on a social media, but it’s not a new concept and the historicity of the term becomes apparent in Morgan Avery McCoy’s touring one-woman show, “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House.”  An excerpt from “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” will be featured as part of the Virginia Black History Association (VaBHMA) Gala on Feb. 23 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel.For the Newport News native and Richmond-based artist, McCoy is excited about getting an opportunity to be featured at the 19th annual VaBHMA gala, which has gained quite a lot of popularity throughout the years in her state; yet “Evolution of Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” is not a new show, but has been an evolving project due to her love of history, storytelling and informing.Morgan Avery McCoy will be performing an excerpt from “Evolution of a Black Girl” From the Salve House to the White House,” on Feb. 23 at the Virginia Black History Gala AssociationA self-described storyteller, McCoy began her professional artistry as a teenager.“I started as a historical interpreter and also as a solo performer when I was 16.  I’ve always been a historian.  I love history- specifically African American history.”As a debutante at 16, she was created a monologue, “A Tribute to a Queen,” in honor of Coretta Scott King, for her debutante ball.  That performance went so well she began gaining traction as someone who could do historic interpretations of powerful women, and from that “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” was born.“’Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,’ is a one-woman show that chronicles the history of the African American woman from the 1600s in Africa to present day,” McCoy told the AFRO in an exclusive interview.She began touring her one-woman show on the church and college circuit over three years ago particularly after legendary actor Lou Gossett Jr., took notice of her andshe was selected to take the play to 30 colleges through the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA).“I reached out to Mr. Gossett who has a foundation called the Eracism Foundation, with the whole focus of erasing racism and creating programming that would help in that regard.  And I shared with him what we were doing, how these 30 colleges wanted to bring me, at mostly predominantly White institutions, wanting to share with their students about cultural inclusion- really starting the conversation- which lines up with what he desired to do.  And Mr. Gossett was so gracious to tell me that he’d co-sponsor our travels,” McCoy said.  “He handled us getting to all those places and hotels to stay there, and it was such a blessing.  It didn’t stop there.  He was our co-sponsor for 2015, but then allowed me to be an ambassador for his foundation and also a mentor to me.”She is continuing to tour her show years later, which led her to the VaBHMA gala on Feb. 23.The artistic historian pulled from Black women throughout time as her inspiration for the one-woman show.“I portray 12 characters and we go throughout the eras and we deal with issues such as colorism, sexism, understanding your identity, third generational households, post reconstruction.  We just really address various topics within these 12 characters.  I portray Michelle Obama at the end, Madame C.J. Walker, Maggie Walker, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King- just a plethora of women who have contributed so much to our society.  And in addition to these women, I also play some fictional characters as well, but they’re based on historic truths.”McCoy seeks to motivate audiences through the stories of the women in her show.“The whole concept of the show is to show how these women were resilient, despite the obstacles that they faced, they were able to overcome those obstacles.  Their stories are just naturally inspiring, and so I want to have an opportunity to be on stage to share their stories in a creative way.  It invites an opportunity for the audience to say, ‘Man, if they achieved all this during a time where they couldn’t even vote, look at what I can do.’ So that’s really the desire- to really inspire to overcome their own personal obstacles,” McCoy explained to the AFRO.The storyteller said through all her work she hopes to, “be a voice for the voiceless, inspire the hopeless and educate the uninformed.”last_img read more