10 months agoDe Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibility

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Laurentiis: Chelsea manager Sarri shirked Napoli transfer responsibilityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted that he struggled to get the input of Maurizio Sarri on transfers.De Laurentiis has claimed that Sarri preferred to worry about coaching and improving his players.And it was tough for the owner to sit down with Sarri and figure out the ideal players to buy in transfer windows.”Sarri seemed timid and I discovered he was so dissatisfied with his past [working in finance],” he said during a panel run by Corriere di Mezzogiorno.”For a Communist to base his profession on the evils of money brought him to suffer from a syndrome of dissatisfaction. “I found Sarri to be very highly-strung. His wife couldn’t even come to the stadium. “I used to say to Sarri, who shall we buy? He’d reply that he didn’t want to know anything about it.” last_img read more

The Competition Bureau reaches settlement with Leons and the Brick

first_imgOTTAWA – The Competition Bureau said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Leon’s Furniture Ltd. and the Brick Ltd. regarding allegations of deceptive marketing practices dating back nearly five years ago.As part of the settlement, Leon’s and the Brick have agreed to each donate $750,000 worth of home furnishings over two years to charities to be approved by the regulator.The bureau alleged in July 2013 that the retailers’ “buy now, pay later” promotions, often resulted in customers paying more than advertised and should be stopped.It said that customers who chose the deferred-payment option often ended up paying more than those who paid for their purchases up front as a result of the additional fees, which were “buried” by the retailers in the “fine print.” The extra costs ranged from processing or administrative fees, delivery fees and taxes.Leon’s, which owns the Brick, defended its deferred payment plans at the time. The retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics said they benefited consumers.But as part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Leon’s and the Brick have also agreed to adhere to the bureau’s guidance on the proper use of disclaimers in advertising and the disclosure of fees associated with their financing plans.“Consumers expect and deserve truth in advertising,” said Josephine Palumbo, the bureau’s deputy commissioner of competition, in a statement.“The bureau works to ensure Canadians can trust advertising claims made by businesses and can be confident in their purchasing decisions. Increased competition in the marketplace provides consumers with competitive prices and more choice.”Leon’s could not be immediately reached for comment about its settlement agreement with the Competition Bureau.Companies in this story: (TSX:LNF)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,935.44, down 206.33 points). The Canadian Press Companies reporting major news:The Stars Group Inc. (TSX:TSGI). Up $1.51 or 7.25 per cent to $22.34. Shares of the online gaming company surged Friday after it announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a US$870-million lower court ruling against the online gaming company. It says Kentucky residents had sued PokerStars in 2010, about four years before The Stars Group bought the site, for gambling losses under a centuries-old statue. The Stars Group says it plans to seek the release of a US$100-million bond posted during the appeals process.Bombardier Inc. — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., calling the allegations of trade secret misappropriations “baseless and without merit.” The Japanese jet maker filed a motion to dismiss Bombardier’s case in a U.S. federal court in Seattle, saying the lawsuit aims to “disrupt development” of a rival jet. Bombardier sued Mitsubishi in October over allegations that some of the Quebec company’s former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Down 34 cents, or 4.38 per cent to $7.43. MEG Energy says it will waive its shareholder rights plan in its fight against a hostile takeover offer by Husky Energy Inc. However, the company says it continues to unanimously recommend shareholders reject Husky’s cash-and-share offer. MEG noted that since Husky announced its intention to make its offer on Sept. 30, Husky’s share price has fallen more than 30 per cent, eroding the value of the offer. The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to less than $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.center_img Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $41.92, on 21.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down five cents, or 2.55 per cent to $1.91 on 19.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Down 83 cents, or 4.27 per cent, to $18.62 on 19 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Gold. Up one cent, or 0.24 per cent, to $4.22 on 18.9 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down two cents, or 1.9 per cent, to $1.03 on 16.2 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Down 81 cents or 2.5 per cent, to $31.59 on 13.6 million shares.last_img read more

FSJ city council approves grant to Peace Country River Rats

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John city council has approved a grant to the Peace Country River Rats to help host the 2019 World Jet Boat Race Championships.Peace Country River Rats had requested that the city funds the race with a $2,500 grant.Council has passed a motion to fund the full amount requested by the group. This funding will help alleviate the cost associated with the hosting of the race.The 2019 World Jet Boat Race will be coming to the Peace on July 10 to 21, 2019.last_img

Ohio State field hockey gearing up for No 9 Northwestern

OSU field hockey players gather in a huddle during a game against Iowa on Oct. 19 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 4-2.Credit: Ban Jackson / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to play its final road game of the season against a top-10 opponent.OSU (6-9, 1-5) is scheduled to travel to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to take on No. 9 Northwestern at 1 p.m. The Wildcats are coming off a 5-2 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, which helped them regain a share of first place in the conference.Northwestern (11-5, 5-1) used its speed and set plays to take down the Spartans, connecting on two penalty corners to help put Michigan State away.The Wildcats could pose some problems for OSU in the midfield as they boast two of the top scorers in the Big Ten at that position.Sophomore midfielder Dominique Masters scored twice against the Spartans, bringing her season total to 10 goals. That mark is good enough for ninth in the conference to go along with her 26 total points.The Canterbury, U.K., native is joined in the midfield by fellow sophomore Isabel Flens.Flens is tied for second on the team in assists with eight, and is tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 28 points on the season. She hails from Hattem, Netherlands, and is one of six players from outside the United States playing for Northwestern.Regardless of international players or high-scoring attackers, both teams have their sights set on postseason play.The Buckeyes and the Wildcats are gearing up for a run in the Big Ten Tournament where the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.But before OSU can turn its attention fully to the tournaments, it’ll have one more game remaining on the regular season slate.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game is set to begin at noon before the Big Ten Tournament kicks off on Nov. 6 in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State selected as No 3 seed in NCAA Tournament

Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsComing off their 10-9 loss to No. 1 Maryland in the Big Ten tournament finals, Ohio State (13-4) has been selected as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament. The Buckeyes will host Patriot League champion Loyola (Md.) (10-5) on Sunday. This is the sixth NCAA tournament appearance for OSU, third under coach Nick Myers.The Buckeyes received three goals from freshman attacker Tre Leclaire on Saturday, but the team lost to Maryland in the finals of the Big Ten tournament. Junior midfielder Connor Kelly had five goals for the Terrapins.Loyola is coming off its third Patriot League tournament title in four years, and its third regular-season title over that same time span. The Greyhounds will be making their 20th appearance into the tournament and sixth since 2010. The game will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday in Ohio Stadium. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Johns Hopkins/Duke matchup. read more

Football Urban Meyer talks improving running game in Big Ten Teleconference

Urban Meyer watches the Buckeye offense in the first quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAs No. 3 Ohio State prepares for a Week 7 game against Minnesota, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in the Big Ten Teleconference there needs to be something that changes in the running game.He said the offensive coaches have talked about everything, including placing both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber on the field at the same time more often. However, he said that’s not the major issue of why the running game needs to improve. It’s the defensive sets Ohio State running backs are facing. “Everybody is packed in there on us, so somehow we have to get out of that,” Meyer said. “There’s a variety of ways to do that. One’s throwing the ball a bit more, one’s trying to get on the edge a bit more … as opposed to slamming up in there all the time.” In Saturday’s 49-26 win over Indiana, Ohio State rushers averaged 3.2 carries, with Dobbins recording 82 yards on 26 touches with a rushing touchdown. Meyer also said there is no update on the status of freshman running back Brian Snead. Snead has been practicing with Ohio State, but has not been with the team on game days after not traveling with the team to Arlington, Texas, to face TCU on Sept. 15 because of what Meyer referred to as “disciplinary actions.” Penalties hurt Ohio State Despite coming out of the first six games of the season with wins, Ohio State has still struggled with penalties in the first half of the season. The Buckeyes are No. 118 in the nation, averaging 8.5 penalties per game and have recorded 80.83 penalty yards per game, which is No. 119 in the country. Meyer said this is an area of concern for his team moving forward. “I’m not one of those guys that goes crazy on penalties, especially when you are playing aggressively, etc., but that is far too many,” Meyer said. “That’s something we have addressed constantly.” Meyer said the main area of concern is penalties in the kicking game, saying that is the point where he loses his mind because those penalties are “devastating.” Ohio State to face top Minnesota defense Meyer and the Ohio State offense will face a Minnesota defense of which the head coach thinks very highly. Through five games, the Golden Gophers have allowed 23.4 points per game, with opponents averaging 324.2 yards of offense per game, third-best in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Iowa. Minnesota has been effective in defending the pass game, as one of four teams in the conference to allow fewer than 200 yards passing per game, with opposing quarterbacks completing 57.7 percent of passes. What makes Meyer the most concerned is what the Golden Gophers do defending what he considers the best part of the Ohio State offense: the big play. “They don’t, big plays, they are one of the best teams in the country in giving up big plays, they keep it all in front of them,” Meyer said. “We are kind of a big play offense. That’s the biggest challenge I see right now.” Ohio State will play Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at noon on Oct. 13. read more

John Terry has left Aston Villa with an emotional message to

first_imgAs we reported earlier that John Terry will leave Aston Villa, the England star defender has taken a bow from his claret and blue team-mates after the play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley.The 37-year-old flew out on his holidays having known that he would not be staying at the club but intends to seek a new challenge next year.The captain left an emotional message for his fans via birminghammail saying:“Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club.“I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.“I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100% belongs.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa.“I have learnt so much from him as a manager this season that will stay with me forever.“Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony, who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with every day“Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level.“Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal.“But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future” he concluded.last_img read more

Fake Juventus player exposed

first_imgDionicio Farid Rodriguez deceived everyone in Mexico by pretending he played for JuventusThe 19-year-old, who comes from a town called Teotitlán de Flores Magón with just 8,500 residents, invented a life that involved him being a Juventus footballer.Rodriguez created a fake Instagram account and gained 16,000 followers after adding photos of himself donning the Juventus jersey.He even edited images of a current Juventus academy prodigy in Joao Serrao from Portugal.Libertad Digital reports that Rodriguez claimed Juventus discovered him in the United States, where he was about to sign for an unnamed MLS team.Thanks to his apparent status as a Juventus prodigy, Rodriguez had interviews with the media in Mexico to discuss his experiences with the Old Lady.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Rodriguez stated that he played as a centre-back for the Juventus youth team and even scored 10 goals, three of which came in the Uefa Youth League.The fraud also allegedly played for Mexican clubs Lobos BUAP and Pumas de la UNAM, while also claiming he had featured for the national team at U20 level.Dionicio Farid Rodríguez, el impostor mexicano que se hizo pasar por jugador de la Juventus https://t.co/du6XF8hced pic.twitter.com/oDr4CNHWit— sosdependencia (@sosdependencia1) October 10, 2018last_img read more

Senate Disaster Aid Bill Includes 2 Billion for Tyndall Cleanup

first_img ADC AUTHOR Senate Republican appropriators included $2 billion in a proposed disaster aid package for the military to rebuild from severe hurricane damage last fall. The overall relief package for $13.45 billion is in limbo after President Trump questioned the funding it includes for Puerto Rico, according to Politico.The aid package released Tuesday by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) includes a total $1.1 billion to the Air Force with $400 million for Hurricane Michael damage at Tyndall Air Force, Fla., in October. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune, N.C., would see $315 million for Hurricane Florence damage, according to a Defense News report.The Pentagon has requested $9 billion for recent storm damage, as reported by On Base.The Air Force said Wednesday that almost $5 billion will be needed to rebuild Tyndall and recover from flooding damage to Offut Air Force Base, Neb., according to Defense News.Shelby’s proposal does not appear to address Offutt damages.The Air Force warned if it doesn’t receive $1.2 billion by June, it will reduce projects and pilot training hours at Tyndall and Offutt.“We desperately need the supplemental funding to recover from the natural disasters that hammered Tyndall and Offutt,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said at a Heritage Foundation event. “There are other decisions we’ll have to make if we don’t [have supplemental funding] by May or June.”Air Force photo of Tyndall Air Force Base by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Monteslast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page 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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Google takes aim at imposter websites with new Chrome warning

first_img Tags 12 Comments Share your voice Security It’s hard to be sure where you are on the internet these days. Carefully checking the URL is one approach to avoiding danger. Trouble is, many fraudulent websites use tricks to make their URLs look like the real deal. Now, Google wants to call them out.To do that, the company is developing a new warning in its Chrome browser that appears when you’re visiting a site that’s mimicking a well-known web page. The warning could ask you, for example, if you actually meant to go to “paypal.com” when you were headed to a lookalike scam site called “paypa1.com” instead.The warning is intended to take the pressure off you to notice when something’s wrong with the URL. That’s important because most people don’t notice when they’re headed off to a scam site, Google Chrome engineer Emily Stark said in a talk on Tuesday at the Enigma Conference, a security and privacy event. “What people are seeing in the URL bar really just isn’t helpful to them as a security mechanism,” Stark said.The warning could help make it harder to carry out on one of the most pervasive and effective hacking attacks out there — phishing. If users heed Chrome warnings, it could save them from entering usernames, passwords or credit card information into websites controlled by criminals. It could also keep them from downloading malicious software at scam websites that could do things like encrypt their data and demand a ransom.Scammy websites use a number of tricks to look legitimate in that URL field at the top of your web browser. They might use a slight misspelling, or swap out the number one for a lowercase letter L to look like a legitimate website. The latter is called a homograph attack, and it’s powerful because it usually involves characters that the untrained eye will miss. The new warning, which is still being tested, alerts users to the fact that they aren’t heading to a popular website or a website they’ve engaged with in the past. If the user wants to keep going in that direction, they can click “ignore.” Stark said her team wanted to throw up a flag for users without overselling the danger.”We designed this warning to be informational rather than scary,” she said. The talk follows comments Chrome security experts made in September about security problems involving URLs. At the time, Google said its engineers were researching how to make changes to the way Chrome handles URLs in order to improve safety. On Tuesday, Stark said changes Google and other software developers propose should be “incremental.” Still, no idea is too crazy to at least consider, she said.”Website identity is so, so broken that all ideas should be on the table,” Stark said. Hacking Privacylast_img read more

All the Easter bombers either killed or arrested SL police chief

first_imgSri Lankan security personnel stand guard in front of St Anthony`s Shrine two days after it was attacked as part of a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels, in Colombo on 23 April 2019. Photo: AFPSri Lankan security authorities have either killed or arrested all the jihadists responsible for the Easter suicide bombings that left 257 people dead, police chief Chandana Wickramaratne said Tuesday.Police have accounted for every individual involved in the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, Wickramaratne said in an audio statement.”All those who organised and carried out the suicide bomb attack have died or is in our custody,” he said.”The two bomb experts of the group have been killed. We have seized the explosives they had stored for future attacks.”Wickramaratne, who was named acting police chief last week after President Maithripala Sirisena suspended his predecessor over his failure to act on warnings about the attacks, said public life was slowly returning to normal with the lifting of curfews imposed after the bombs.The government reopened public schools on Monday, but attendance dropped to below 10 percent in many places with parents still fearing attacks.”We have strengthened security for all schools,” the police chief said. “We are also conducting a programme to create awareness about safety and security in all schools.”Wickramaratne did not say how many people were in custody over the bombings, but police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said Monday that 73 people, including nine women, were being held.The bombings were blamed on a local group, the national Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), but the Islamic State group has also claimed responsibility.Police said religious tensions have eased at Negombo, a town north of Colombo that suffered the highest death toll in the Easter Sunday attacks. A bomb at St Sebastian’s church in the town killed more than 100 worshippers.Dozens of Muslim-owned businesses, homes and vehicles in Negombo were damaged in clashes on Sunday night.The Roman Catholic Church appealed for calm and urged Christians not to carry our revenge attacks against Muslims.Police said two arrests were made and more suspects had been identified through CCTV footage.last_img

Harris County Receives 44Million In Grants To Address Sex Traffickers

first_img Share Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaHarris County Sheriff Ed GonzalezHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Monday a $4.4-million in grants from the Texas Governor’s Office to assist victims of violent crime and combat sex traffickers. The money will also help change the way prosecutors address the problem.About one-million will be used to go after sex traffickers, while the remaining funds will be used to assist victims of violent crimes. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is putting those in the sex trafficking business on notice. “To all the offenders and predators out there, we’re going to continue to increase our resources, continue to build our collective efforts. And in Harris County we’re going to send a strong message, if you haven’t been caught yet, you will be caught. It’s just a matter of time,” said Gonzalez.Houston leads the nation in calls to the national trafficking assistance hotline, but Andrea Sparks, Director of the Child Sex Trafficking Team for Governor Greg Abbott, is hoping the grant money will change the narrative.“Let’s make it the number one city in trauma informed response to its victims,” she said.The number of staff able to assist victims will almost double thanks to the four grants, but according to Ogg, equally important is a shift to treating the women involved, into victims.“From putting prostitutes in jail over and over and over, to now focusing on the marketplace and their buyers, and more importantly their human traffickers, it’s not revolutionary but it really is a new era,” Ogg said.last_img read more

Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Charges in Freddie Gray Case

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges Wednesday against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state’s attorney, pauses while speaking during a media availability, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Gray was a black man whose neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but left unrestrained in the back of a police van in April 2015. His death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused turmoil in Baltimore, including large protests and the worst riots the city had seen in decades.The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver who the state considered the most responsible and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.A pretrial hearing had been scheduled Wednesday for Officer Garrett Miller, who had faced assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges, but instead Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told the judge that prosecutors were dropping the charges against Miller and the rest of the officers.Prosecutors and defense attorneys quickly left the courtroom without commenting, but both sides planned news conferences later Wednesday.After Gray’s death, the U.S. Justice Department launched a patterns and practice investigation into allegations of widespread abuse and unlawful arrests by the Baltimore Police Department. The results of the probe have not been released.Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby wasted little time in announcing charges after Gray’s death — one day after receiving the police department’s investigation while a tense city was still under curfew — and she did not shy from the spotlight. She posed for magazine photos, sat for TV interviews and even appeared onstage at a Prince concert in Gray’s honor.Three of the officers who were charged were black and three were white.last_img read more

Pughs New Pick for Baltimores Top Cop

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRORoughly 48 hours after Mayor Catherine Pugh’s initial pick to be Baltimore’s next top cop withdrew his name from consideration, City Hall announced current New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison as the presumptive nominee to fill the post.It was an abrupt change of plans for a process that has been criticized as both slow and lacking transparency.But, in a written statement Pugh insisted Harrison was the right person to lead the beleaguered Baltimore Police Department (BPD), currently under federal consent decree and battling with a homicide rate that reached more than 300 for the fourth year in a row.After Joel Fitzgerald abruptly removed his name for consideration to be Baltimore’s next police commissioner, Michael Harrison (pictured), Police Superintendent of New Orleans is Mayor Catherine Pugh’s new pick to lead the Baltimore Police Department. (Photo: Twitter via Jayne Miller)“Superintendent Harrison has achieved clear, compelling and consistent results in reducing violent crime, implementing a federally-mandated consent decree,” Pugh stated.“He will bring not only significant and relevant experience to addressing the challenges of Baltimore, but the insight and sensitivity needed to re-establish essential trust and confidence of citizens in their police officers.”Harrison joined the New Orleans police department in 1991.  He was appointed police commissioner in 2014 by then mayor Mitch Landrieu.The city did not respond to the AFRO’s request to interview Harrison.The New Orleans Police Department has been under federal consent decree since 2013.  The city entered the decree with the Department of Justice (DOJ), promising better training, higher recruiting standards, and policies to insure constitutional policing.Harrison’s appointment came after a week of behind the scenes challenges when Ft. Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Pugh’s initial pick, formally turned down the job after his son became ill.The abrupt departure of Fitzgerald came after a contentious public hearing over the weekend where residents criticized the Ft. Worth police chief and blasted the process, which they said lacked transparency.However, Harrison garnered a more favorable initial reaction from key players who will ultimately vote for his confirmation.   Among them, Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, who had previously expressed reservations about Fitzgerald.“Baltimore needs our next police commissioner to be a proven crime fighter with the ability to concurrently reform and restructure the Baltimore Police Department,” Scott said in a written statement.“At first look Superintendent Harrison seems to meet those standards.”But Harrison’s selection is not without some baggage.In December, the New Orleans Advocate quoted Harrison as saying he had initially turned down the job despite being one of the top picks of an internal panel tasked with recommending candidates to Mayor Pugh.“While I am humbled to be sought after to lead the Baltimore Police Department, I ultimately asked not to be considered for the position because of my commitment to achieving our goals at NOPD,” he told the Advocate.However, fallout over the perceived lack of transparency during the search, which in part led to the abrupt announcement of one candidate withdrawing, shortly before announcing a new pick altogether continued.Just hours after the announcement of Harrison’s selection, City Council President Jack Young released a letter to address concerns over a lack of transparency during the vetting process.  In the letter Young requested the release of Harrison’s resume, a copy of his application, and an “affirmation” Harrison filed all of his federal and local tax returns.The letter also asked Pugh to confirm that Harrison will attend public hearings and commit to a community policing strategy.Currently, the BPD is headed by interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle.  Tuggle, a former DEA agent, withdrew himself from consideration for the top job last year.In 2018 Pugh’s previous pick, Daryl DeSousa resigned after he was indicted for failing to file several years of tax returns.   In December DeSousa pled guilty to three counts of failing to file federal tax returns.Public hearings to vet Harrison’s appointment have not been scheduled.last_img read more

YouTube Robotics Creator Simone Giertz Reveals She Has a Brain Tumor

first_img“This is not a goodbye,” she said. “I’m planning on becoming super-healthy, and being able to keep on building shitty robots and making videos for you.” Giertz, who got emotional in the video, also expressed gratitude for the support of her fans, as well as her family, friends and business team.The 27-year-old’s YouTube bio says she’s “Swedish but sound[s] American just to confuse you.” She currently has 982,000 subscribers to her channel on YouTube, which she joined in March 2013. In her most popular video, with 7.5 million views to date, she documents spending 48 hours locked in her bathroom to prove she could endure a mission to space; the video was sponsored by Google’s Making & Science Initiative.According to her LinkedIn bio, Giertz briefly attended Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she studied physics, and worked as an editor at the Swedish Institute.Watch the full video below, or at this link: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Simone Giertz, a popular YouTuber with nearly 1 million subscribers who specializes in building robots, said in a video Monday that she has been diagnosed with a substantial brain tumor that will require surgery.In the video, she said she has had a swollen right eyelid for about a year. After feeling pain in her eye recently, she had an MRI scan last week — which revealed a tumor about the size of a golf ball. “I don’t even like golf, but I do like my brain, a lot,” she said in the video, with her trademark deadpan humor.Giertz said she will need to undergo extensive brain surgery, which is scheduled for the end of May. “The good news is that I’m probably not dying,” she said. According to Giertz, the tumor appears benign but said that her full prognosis won’t be known until after her operation. She plans to post updates on Twitter and Instagram about her status.last_img read more

Fast tunable coupler could lead to better quantum computing models

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — One of the subjects of immense interest to scientists (and non-scientists as well) is the development of quantum computers. However, there are many challenges associated with quantum computing. One of the difficulties to achieving practical quantum computing is related to the way the quantum bits (qubits) that make up a quantum computer are connected together. “The easiest way to couple superconducting qubits is via fixed coupling, where the coupling strength does not change,” Bialczak says. “Many experiments done with superconducting qubits so far have been with fixed coupling, but there are lots of problems with fixed coupling architectures because they are difficult to scale up to many qubits.”Bialczak worked with a team at UC Santa Barbara to look for a way around the problems caused by fixed coupling. They developed a novel tunable coupler design that has the potential to be scalable, possibly improving current quantum computer designs. The team’s work can be found in the Physical Review Letters article “Fast Tunable Coupler for Superconducting Qubits.”With fixed coupling, Bialczak explains, it is easy to couple the qubits so that they can exchange information, but keeping the qubits from interacting with each other is difficult and causes errors in single-qubit operations and measurement. On top of that, problems with fixed coupling multiply as you add more qubits. “As you increase the number of qubits,” Bialczak says, “it gets increasingly difficult to isolate an individual qubit from the others. It’s like having a room full of people and wanting to isolate each person from the conversation of the other people. You won’t be able to do so because there are so many people…each personal will hear one or more of the other persons’ [conversations].”In order to overcome these issues, the team at UC Santa Barbara developed a method of fast tunable coupling. “With tunable coupling, you can directly turn off the interaction between qubits,” Bialczak says, “The coupler can also arbitrarily tune the coupling strength on nanosecond timescales allowing for fast qubit interaction times while minimizing errors in single-qubit operations and measurement.” For realistic quantum operations, a practical tunable coupler is needed. Such a coupler would need to be tuned quickly, on the order of nanoseconds. Additionally, large on/off ratios are required, as well as scalability so that many qubits can be coupled. “Previous demonstrations of tunable coupling were able to show one or more of the above in a given device, but were unable to combine all the criteria in one device, making them of limited use in realistic quantum computing experiments,” Bialczak points out. The UCSB team hopes that their new tunable coupler will satisfy all these criteria.In order to create the tunable coupler circuit, two superconducting qubits are coupled using a fixed negative mutual inductance. This mutual inductance is shunted with a current-biased Josephson junction. The junction acts as a tunable positive inductance and can therefore cancel out the fixed coupling due to the mutual inductance.“Our coupler also has the added feature of being modular and being able to couple elements over large spatial distances. We can also couple them to other devices and possibly even to qubits from other architectures,” Bialczak says.Right now, the coupler is being used to develop a new measurement scheme that doesn’t destroy prepared quantum states. “This is commonly called a quantum non-demolition measurement scheme,” Bialczak says.Bialczak has great hopes for the applications of this coupler. “We feel this is a general modular superconducting circuit element that can have many applications, even outside of quantum computation.” Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Fast tunable coupler could lead to better quantum computing models (2011, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-fast-tunable-coupler-quantum.html More information: R. Bialczak, et. al., “Fast Tunable Coupler for Superconducting Qubits,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.060501center_img Making quantum computing scalable Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Outbound passenger count crosses 4000 at Bagdogra Airport

first_imgKolkata: The outbound passenger load at Bagdogra Airport has crossed the mark of 4,000 on Sunday.With a sharp increase in the passenger load at Bagdogra Airport, the outbound passenger count on Sunday was 4,011.It may be mentioned that recently, the announcement of two additional flights of AirAsia from the airport had come and it had taken the total number of flights to 26. The two additional flights are connecting Bagdogra directly with Delhi and Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the experts, the passenger load is expected to go up further with the summer vacation approaching, as people will choose to visit Darjeeling and Sikkim with schools and colleges remaining closed. It may be recalled that the Mamata Banerjee government has waived the tax on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and it has helped increase the number of flight operations from Bagdogra. Moreover, the development of necessary infrastructure for tourism in North Bengal has also ensured a constant flow of tourists in the region. A large section of tourists now prefer flights to reach their destination, as it saves time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was on February 23 that Bagdogra Airport set a new record of crossing the 2 million passenger count in the last fiscal. Moreover, the Chief Minister herself was the 2 millionth passenger, when she took a flight from Bagdogra Airport to return to Kolkata after her North Bengal tour.Bagdogra Airport had witnessed a record increase of passengers by 53 percent in April-December in 2017, compared to that of the corresponding period in 2016, when around 10.61 lakh passengers had availed flights from the airport from April to December. In 2017, the figure went up to 16.28 lakh, which is an increase of over 50 percent. With the increase in passenger count, better passenger amenities have also been ensured at the airport.last_img read more

Mamata to lay foundation stone for IT Park project on Aug 13

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 13 will lay the foundation stone for an IT park in Rajarhat which the West Bengal government plans to build in the lines of Silicon Valley in the US. The project, called Silicon Valley Asia, will be set up on 100 acres and aim at creating infrastructure for the technology companies. “The foundation stone will be laid by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on August 13,” state IT secretary Debashish Sen said today. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He declined to spell out the finer details of the project which will be announced on August 13. Sen, however, said that the state government has been encouraging the emerging rechnology companies to work from Bengal in the areas like blockchain, artificial intelligence and robotics. Sen, who was speaking at the ‘Digital Sucess Summit’ organised by Indus Net Technolgies, said the state government has been advocating for technologies that will remove language barrier. “Langauge barrier is one of the key reason for a section for not adopting technology. Government is keen for a ecosystem that enables overcoming the language barrier between users and potential users,” he said.last_img read more