Boston Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Pierce was drafted by Boston in 1998 and played 15 seasons for the Celtics. Only John Havlicek played longer in a Celtics uniform. Pierce helped the team win its NBA-record 17th title in 2008 and was named the finals MVP.Pierce is the franchise leader in three-point field goals, free throws and steals and is the Celtics’ No. 2 career scorer with 24,021 points. His number has already been retired by the University of Kansas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago China’s Guo Ailun becomes 1st international athlete to have signature Jordan shoe LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this March 8, 2013, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce (34) reacts in overtime during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston. The Celtics will retire Pierce’s No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored–the first since 2003. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored — the first since 2003.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Virat Kohli finishes 2017 with 2818 international runs

first_imgVirat Kohli finished 2017 with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The India captain scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.The 29-year-old hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka). He has been rested from the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka and will now play for India only from January 5 when the first Test against South Africa gets underway.Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (2868) holds the record for most international runs in a calendar year. Former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting, who had amassed 2833 runs in 2005 is second in the list. Kohli is third.The dynamic Indian captain is likely to finish the year as the highest run-scorer in ODIs unless Rohit Sharma has an outstanding series against Sri Lanka this month. Currently, Kohli is also the third highest-run scorer in Test cricket in 2017.Kohli has had a sensational run in ODIs through the year, beginning with his hundred against England. He was in fine form in the Champions Trophy, got runs in West Indies and then against Australia and New Zealand at home.In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. The Delhi dasher has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.advertisementOn Tuesday, Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.last_img read more

Remote Ontario First Nation declares emergency over fire deaths

first_imgThe Canadian Press BIG TROUT LAKE, Ont. — A remote Indigenous community in northern Ontario where five people died in a house fire last week is so overwhelmed with grief that it has declared an emergency.The blaze on May 2 killed a foster mother, her biological daughter and three children she was raising at the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, also known as Big Trout Lake.“This tragedy is having a devastating impact on the entire community, with continuing effects that require external support and financial assistance,” Chief Donny Morris said in a release Thursday.“We are feeling the crushing weight of this tragedy in our community and with our people.”Morris said many young people are suffering from mental trauma, including some who are talking about suicide.The community doesn’t have the resources to handle the demand for mental health care, he said, noting they don’t have enough staff to provide people with the help they need.“There are too many people to watch and not enough manpower to watch them,” he said.Morris said other First Nations have been helping, but more assistance is needed.He said the community has been in contact with federal and provincial government representatives.Morris said the responders, supporters and family members coming into the community need food, shelter and stress relief.The fire killed Geraldine Chapman, 47, her six-year-old biological daughter Shyra Chapman and three foster children — seven-year-old Hailey Chapman, nine-year-old Karl Cutfeet and 12-year-old Angel McKay.The community is about 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.last_img read more

Canadian documentary investigates Pearl Harbor and the admiral who took the fall

first_imgUntil the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Pearl Harbor stood as the deadliest single attack ever on American soil.Based on the book A Matter of Honor by Pulitzer-nominated authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, this new documentary argues that Washington officials knew a Japanese attack was imminent and that vital information was held back from Kimmel. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Seventy-five years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a Canadian-made documentary aims to exonerate the American admiral who took the fall.Based on a new journalistic investigation, Pearl Harbor: The Accused was co-commissioned by Bell Media and the U.K.’s Channel 4. Montreal-based Handel Productions (Scam City, Raising Pompeii) along with London’s Arrow Media have used archival footage and dramatic recreations — filmmakers shot along the shores of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal — to tell the story behind one of the biggest catastrophes of the Second World War.On Dec. 7, 1941 — “a date that will live in infamy,” former U.S. president Franklin Roosevelt told Americans — Admiral Husband Kimmel was commander-in-chief of the United States Pacific Fleet. He seemed ill-prepared when a massive dawn airstrike by the Japanese neutralized the U.S. fleet. In total, 2,403 Americans died at the Hawaiian naval base and 1,178 were wounded. Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships. Twitterlast_img read more

Marrakech to Host 15th Annual Officine Expo

Rabat – Marrakech will host the 15th edition of the pharmaceutical fair, Officine Expo, which kicks off February 23.The two-day event, which will take place under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, will gather together more than 4,500 pharmacists, including some 520 from countries around the world.The exhibition is a “true point of reference for South-Mediterranean and African pharmacy,” according to a statement by Officine Expo.The event will be marked by more than 40 roundtables, conferences, workshops, scientific and managerial training sessions.The exhibition, according to the statement, offers the opportunity for “a real rapprochement” between pharmacists, health product suppliers, hygiene specialists and dermo-cosmetology specialists. Countries that will take part in the event include Ivory Coast, France, Benin, Canada, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Algeria, Gabon, Mali, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Tunisia, among others. An official delegation representing several Moroccan ministries will also attend.MAP added that the Moroccan pharmaceutical industry is ranked second on the continent. For more than five years, Officine Expo has been involved in an approach that focuses on advancing Africa’s pharmaceutical and beauty healthcare industries.This commitment, according to MAP, is strengthened through the creation of Meeting Pharma Africa, a “true pharmaceutical hub in Africa.” The hub offers a marketplace for the development of B2B, training and expertise in industrial pharmacy. read more

Imlil Murders Sale Court of Appeal Postpones Suspects Hearing to September

Rabat – Sale’s Appeals Court has postponed the appeal process of the 24 suspects involved in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains. The process due to begin today, August 28 will now take place on September 11.Danish Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and Norwegian victim Maren Ueland, 28,were beheaded in December 2018  when they were bivouacking at mount Toubkal in the Imlil region, 80 kilometers from Marrakech.On July 18, the same court sentenced the three main perpetrators of the heinous crime to the death penalty. Abdessamad El Joud, a 25-year-old street vendor confessed having to beheaded one of the victims with Younes Ouziad, a 27-year-old carpenter who killed the other girl, while Rachid Afatii, 33, was filming the scene.A fourth individual, Abderrahim Khayali, who was filmed with the three main suspects pledging allegiance ISIS was sentenced to life imprisonment. The video was recorded three weeks before the crime.While the defense lawyers are asking for light sentences for the perpetrators, civil party lawyers are asking for confirmation of the preliminary verdicts.Hafida Mkasaoui, one of the defense lawyers, told Morocco World News on August 28 that the families of the victims appealed the court’s decision on compensation.The court ruled on July 18 that  the claim for compensation from the state for the families of the victims is inadmissible. The court, however, asked for the four main defendants to pay MAD 2 million to the families jointly.Maksaoui said that the appeal request will revive the case.. “As a defense team we also requested an appeal,” Maksaoui said.The defense team are asking for lighter sentences for the suspects. Asked whether they think the court will accept their request, Maksaoui said that it is a “possibility.” read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 103.60 points to 15,251.98, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 50.88 points to 21,403.73. The S&P 500 index shed 8.44 points to 2,432.25 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 60.99 points to 6,173.43.The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.99 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 76.57 cents US.The August crude contract was up 56 cents at US$45.30 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up unchanged at US$3.09 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $4.50 to US$1,244.60 an ounce and the September copper contract was up three cents at US$2.71 a pound.

Louisville Favored in Final Four but Wichita State Could Become Unlikeliest Champion

This year’s N.C.A.A. tournament has not featured all that many great games — with some exceptions, like Michigan’s come-from-behind win against Kansas on Friday. The flip side is that the four teams that remain have all played exceptionally well, often dominating their opponents.Louisville won its first four games by an average of 22 points — the same margin by which it beat Duke on Sunday. Syracuse has won by 20 points, on average. Michigan’s margin of victory has averaged 16 points, despite the close call against Kansas. Even Wichita State, which has a chance to become the most poorly seeded team ever to win the tournament (and probably the least likely, statistically), has won its games by an average of 11 points.What follows is an overview of the four teams that remain — how their odds have evolved through the tournament and what their chances look like now.LOUISVILLE CARDINALSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 52.9 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 22.7 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 32.4 percentChance of winning tournament now: 55.0 percentLouisville began the tournament as the nominal front-runner, with a 22.7 percent chance of winning the title according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Its odds increased sharply after its first two games and have continued to rise after wins against Oregon and Duke, and now stand at 55 percent.This is despite the gruesome injury suffered by the sophomore guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, which will affect Louisville’s depth. Ware had averaged just 17 minutes per game for the Cardinals, but he was productive when he played, shooting efficiently and averaging more than one steal per game despite the limited playing time. The FiveThirtyEight formula, which adjusts for player injuries, estimates that Louisville’s chances of winning the tournament would be closer to 57 percent (rather than 55 percent) if Ware were healthy. The intangible impact of the injury is obviously harder to gauge — especially after the Cardinals’ emotional second-half surge against Duke on Sunday.But there is little reason to doubt that Louisville is the favorite. Wichita State, its opponent in the national semifinal, is dangerous enough — but a favorable opponent for the Cardinals compared with Ohio State or Gonzaga. (The FiveThirtyEight model gives Louisville an 85 percent probability of beating Wichita State, which would translate to its being a 10 1/2-point favorite in the Las Vegas point spread.) Another bonus is that Louisville is the closest of the four remaining teams to Atlanta, the site of the Final Four games, and has had little travel throughout the tournament, which should help to ensure that it is well-rested physically under emotionally trying circumstances.MICHIGAN WOLVERINESProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 12.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.4 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 3.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 21.2 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model viewed Michigan as underrated – but it thought that was even more true of Florida, and so had the Gators favored to win the South region. Instead, Michigan blew Florida out on Sunday.Still, Michigan provides some evidence for the hypothesis that the way a team finishes its regular season is not all that important — especially when one fails to account for changes to its strength of schedule. Michigan did not play an especially tough out-of-conference schedule this season, helping it go 13-0 in nonconference play. But the Big Ten was brutally competitive, and most of Michigan’s toughest games were stacked in the second half of its schedule. It’s not clear that Michigan played any worse down the stretch as much as it faced some tougher opponents.Michigan will present a clash of styles against Syracuse, and potentially Louisville. The Wolverines rate as having the best offense in college basketball, according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, whereas the Orange and the Cardinals have dominated defensively. Michigan enters the semifinal as essentially even-money against Syracuse (the FiveThirtyEight model gives Michigan a 51.9 percent chance of winning). But the score isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be close: the Wolverines’ reliance on the 3-point shot could yield a blowout or an embarrassment depending on their accuracy from behind the arc.SYRACUSE ORANGEProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 11.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.0 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 4.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 19.0 percentWe’ve found that in contrast to how a team plays in the late stages of the regular season, how well it adapts to tournament conditions does have some predictive power. Hence, the FiveThirtyEight model increased Syracuse’s chances considerably after its record-setting opening-round win against Montana, and after its subsequent solid play against California, Indiana and Marquette.The catch is that the other teams in the Final Four have also played so well that it isn’t clear that you would pick Syracuse even if you were determined to choose the hot hand.WICHITA STATE SHOCKERSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 1.3 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 0.08 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 1.2 percentChance of winning tournament now: 4.7 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model gave Wichita State only a 1.3 percent chance of reaching the Final Four before the tournament began, or about 75-to-1 odds against. Does that imply that the Shockers’ having reached the Final Four represents a once-every-75-year event –about as rare as Halley’s comet?Actually, the math is a little bit more complicated than that. There are four regions, and in each one, there are a number of long-shot teams, so there are a lot of opportunities every year for someone to defy the odds. Instead, our pretournament model suggested that there was about a 16 percent chance (roughly 1-in-6) that Wichita State or any of the other 37 teams with under a 2 percent chance of reaching the Final Four would do so.Some of the historical cases of teams that defied even longer odds are well-known. Pennsylvania, in 1979, overcame what we estimate were 500-to-1 odds against reaching the Final Four — while Virginia Commonwealth in 2011 was about an 800-to-1 underdog.However, Wichita State’s accomplishment holds up well against some other Cinderella teams, including Louisiana State in 1986 and George Mason in 2006, both of which made the Final Four as No. 11 seeds. Wichita State was a No. 9 seed, and a reasonably good one. The problem is that being a No. 9 seed is probably more difficult than being a No. 11. A No. 9 seed will almost certainly have to defeat a No. 1 seed in its second game (as Wichita State did against Gonzaga) – eliminating the chance of getting lucky because the favorite gets knocked out early. In addition, Wichita State beat a very tough No. 8 seed, Pittsburgh, and a very tough No. 2, Ohio State — and the Shockers have made some of these wins look easy.The issue, as is the case for Syracuse, is that the accomplishments for the other three Final Four teams have been just as impressive — and they began with considerably better regular-season résumés than Wichita State. So the FiveThirtyEight model gives the Shockers only about a 5 percent chance of winning out.But what if they do it? The initial model gave Wichita State only about a 0.08 percent chance of winning the tournament, or about 1,200-to-1 odds against. If the Shockers win the tournament, they would probably qualify as the least-likely champions in history — displacing the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, who won as a No. 8 seed and faced a somewhat more favorable draw.A version of this article appears in print on 04/02/2013, on page B9 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Four Dominant Teams, With One Standout.,This year’s N.C.A.A. tournament has not featured all that many great games — with some exceptions, like Michigan’s come-from-behind win against Kansas on Friday. The flip side is that the four teams that remain have all played exceptionally well, often dominating their opponents.Louisville won its first four games by an average of 22 points — the same margin by which it beat Duke on Sunday. Syracuse has won by 20 points, on average. Michigan’s margin of victory has averaged 16 points, despite the close call against Kansas. Even Wichita State, which has a chance to become the most poorly seeded team ever to win the tournament (and probably the least likely, statistically), has won its games by an average of 11 points.What follows is an overview of the four teams that remain — how their odds have evolved through the tournament and what their chances look like now.LOUISVILLE CARDINALSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 52.9 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 22.7 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 32.4 percentChance of winning tournament now: 55.0 percentLouisville began the tournament as the nominal front-runner, with a 22.7 percent chance of winning the title according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Its odds increased sharply after its first two games and have continued to rise after wins against Oregon and Duke, and now stand at 55 percent.This is despite the gruesome injury suffered by the sophomore guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, which will affect Louisville’s depth. Ware had averaged just 17 minutes per game for the Cardinals, but he was productive when he played, shooting efficiently and averaging more than one steal per game despite the limited playing time. The FiveThirtyEight formula, which adjusts for player injuries, estimates that Louisville’s chances of winning the tournament would be closer to 57 percent (rather than 55 percent) if Ware were healthy. The intangible impact of the injury is obviously harder to gauge — especially after the Cardinals’ emotional second-half surge against Duke on Sunday.But there is little reason to doubt that Louisville is the favorite. Wichita State, its opponent in the national semifinal, is dangerous enough — but a favorable opponent for the Cardinals compared with Ohio State or Gonzaga. (The FiveThirtyEight model gives Louisville an 85 percent probability of beating Wichita State, which would translate to its being a 10 1/2-point favorite in the Las Vegas point spread.) Another bonus is that Louisville is the closest of the four remaining teams to Atlanta, the site of the Final Four games, and has had little travel throughout the tournament, which should help to ensure that it is well-rested physically under emotionally trying circumstances.MICHIGAN WOLVERINESProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 12.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.4 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 3.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 21.2 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model viewed Michigan as underrated – but it thought that was even more true of Florida, and so had the Gators favored to win the South region. Instead, Michigan blew Florida out on Sunday.Still, Michigan provides some evidence for the hypothesis that the way a team finishes its regular season is not all that important — especially when one fails to account for changes to its strength of schedule. Michigan did not play an especially tough out-of-conference schedule this season, helping it go 13-0 in nonconference play. But the Big Ten was brutally competitive, and most of Michigan’s toughest games were stacked in the second half of its schedule. It’s not clear that Michigan played any worse down the stretch as much as it faced some tougher opponents.Michigan will present a clash of styles against Syracuse, and potentially Louisville. The Wolverines rate as having the best offense in college basketball, according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, whereas the Orange and the Cardinals have dominated defensively. Michigan enters the semifinal as essentially even-money against Syracuse (the FiveThirtyEight model gives Michigan a 51.9 percent chance of winning). But the score isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be close: the Wolverines’ reliance on the 3-point shot could yield a blowout or an embarrassment depending on their accuracy from behind the arc.SYRACUSE ORANGEProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 11.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.0 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 4.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 19.0 percentWe’ve found that in contrast to how a team plays in the late stages of the regular season, how well it adapts to tournament conditions does have some predictive power. Hence, the FiveThirtyEight model increased Syracuse’s chances considerably after its record-setting opening-round win against Montana, and after its subsequent solid play against California, Indiana and Marquette.The catch is that the other teams in the Final Four have also played so well that it isn’t clear that you would pick Syracuse even if you were determined to choose the hot hand.WICHITA STATE SHOCKERSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 1.3 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 0.08 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 1.2 percentChance of winning tournament now: 4.7 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model gave Wichita State only a 1.3 percent chance of reaching the Final Four before the tournament began, or about 75-to-1 odds against. Does that imply that the Shockers’ having reached the Final Four represents a once-every-75-year event –about as rare as Halley’s comet?Actually, the math is a little bit more complicated than that. There are four regions, and in each one, there are a number of long-shot teams, so there are a lot of opportunities every year for someone to defy the odds. Instead, our pretournament model suggested that there was about a 16 percent chance (roughly 1-in-6) that Wichita State or any of the other 37 teams with under a 2 percent chance of reaching the Final Four would do so.Some of the historical cases of teams that defied even longer odds are well-known. Pennsylvania, in 1979, overcame what we estimate were 500-to-1 odds against reaching the Final Four — while Virginia Commonwealth in 2011 was about an 800-to-1 underdog.However, Wichita State’s accomplishment holds up well against some other Cinderella teams, including Louisiana State in 1986 and George Mason in 2006, both of which made the Final Four as No. 11 seeds. Wichita State was a No. 9 seed, and a reasonably good one. The problem is that being a No. 9 seed is probably more difficult than being a No. 11. A No. 9 seed will almost certainly have to defeat a No. 1 seed in its second game (as Wichita State did against Gonzaga) – eliminating the chance of getting lucky because the favorite gets knocked out early. In addition, Wichita State beat a very tough No. 8 seed, Pittsburgh, and a very tough No. 2, Ohio State — and the Shockers have made some of these wins look easy.The issue, as is the case for Syracuse, is that the accomplishments for the other three Final Four teams have been just as impressive — and they began with considerably better regular-season résumés than Wichita State. So the FiveThirtyEight model gives the Shockers only about a 5 percent chance of winning out.But what if they do it? The initial model gave Wichita State only about a 0.08 percent chance of winning the tournament, or about 1,200-to-1 odds against. If the Shockers win the tournament, they would probably qualify as the least-likely champions in history — displacing the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, who won as a No. 8 seed and faced a somewhat more favorable draw.A version of this article appears in print on 04/02/2013, on page B9 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Four Dominant Teams, With One Standout. read more

Petition Calling for Kobe Bryants Oscar Nomination to be

Salute @kobebryant on that Oscar!! #WeAreMoreThanShutUpDribble #UJustContinueToSitBackAndWatch— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018 Congrats to KOBE first Oscar that’s big bro #dearbasketball. Proud of you, Big honor for you and your family. I’m jealous lol— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 5, 2018 Kobe Bryant, won the Best Animated Short Film Oscar for ‘Dear Basketball.” (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Despite the suit being settled 15 years ago, Kobe Bryant is still feeling the consequences of being accused of rape. The former Los Angeles Laker secured his first Oscar on Sunday, March 4 for his documentary, “Dear Basketball” as a petition that hoped his nomination would be removed continues to collect signatures.“The Oscars almost avoided nominating sexual predators for awards. Woody Allen and James Franco didn’t get anything. But Kobe Bryant, who was charged with a horrific sexual assault, was nominated,” petition creator Kelsey Bourgeois wrote on the Care2 petition, which has nearly met its 17,000 signature goal. “An important conversation has been started about sexual assault and harassment, so why is Bryant being honored for best animated short if Time really is Up?”Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel employee in 2003. The then-24-year-old NBA star, who was married to his wife, Vanessa, maintained the encounter was a consensual one. During a 2004 hearing, the 19-year-old accuser refused to testify and the parties ultimately settled out of court.During the 90th annual Academy Awards, Bryant appeared surprised by his honor for Best Animated Short. He continuously glanced down at the statue in his hands.“I don’t know if it’s possible. I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble,” he said, referencing viral comments a Fox News host made about LeBron James and Kevin Durant. “But I am glad we do a little bit more than that.”If it were up to Bourgeois, however, he wouldn’t have been able to snag the trophy in the first place.“He settled with his accuser,” Bourgeois, an advocacy communications coordinator for ‎Care2 and sexual assault survivor told Broadly Friday, March 2. “So in my mind, that doesn’t really make him innocent — it just makes him able to pay off someone who he wronged. I, of course, couldn’t possibly know what actually happened. But we have to believe women, especially when they accuse men who are typically ‘above the law,’ so to speak.”Regardless, Bryant, who has not spoken publicly about the petition, got lots of congratulatory messages from fellow athletes upon winning the award.Congrts @kobebryant https://t.co/q5AmPq1SKH— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 5, 2018 read more

VIDEO Israel wants to give 100 against Montenegro

Israeli NT has finished preparation in Serbia for two upcoming matches with Montenegro. Although team led by Serbian coach Dragan Djukic is outsider in the first match in Podgorica tonight, Israeli players and staff believe that could surprise at revenge in Rishon next weekend. ← Previous Story Men’s EHF EURO 2014 Qual: Ukraine opens 2013 with an victory – Europe plays handball! Next Story → Zarko Markovic – new Qatari?! Israeli handball

Emplois verts 370 millions deuros pour former aux métiers de la croissance

first_imgEmplois verts : 370 millions d’euros pour former aux métiers de la croissance verteFrance – D’après Valérie Létard, secrétaire d’État au Développement durable, les 600.000 emplois verts promis par le Grenelle de l’Environnement à l’horizon 2020 ne correspondent qu’à une hypothèse basse garantie par la croissance verte. Afin d’exploiter ce potentiel, le gouvernement devrait mobiliser quelque 370 millions d’euros en faveur des formations aux métiers verts.Ces 370 millions d’euros devraient en grande partie être issus du grand emprunt, a indiqué Valérie Létard. Et de préciser que le ministère de l’Écologie a sollicité 100 millions d’euros pour adapter “dans un temps restreint” les compétences de main d’œuvre aux mutations technologiques liées à la croissance verte, tandis que 200 millions d’euros l’ont été pour assurer un soutien aux projets innovants.”Il s’agit de faire en sorte que les 600.000 emplois verts identifiés par le Boston consulting group (BCG) sur 2009-2020 deviennent une réalité” a expliqué la secrétaire d’État, ajoutant qu’à cet effet, un plan de mobilisation a été mis en place par le gouvernement. 400 experts ont participé à l’élaboration de ce plan qui doit notamment permettre l’identification des métiers concernés, la définition des besoins en formation, le recrutement, l’information et la valorisation des métiers de la croissance verte.Se basant sur les travaux de onze “comités de filière”, Valérie Létard a évoqué la création de 225.000 emplois dans les industries électriques, 200.000 dans les énergies renouvelables, 67.000 dans la réalisation de nouvelles infrastructures et entre 39 et 43.000 dans le secteur de l’eau.Le 6 février 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Good Omens Trailer Turns the End of the World Into the Ultimate

first_imgThe apocalypse is near in Good Omens’ official trailer, and it’s teasing a wild celebration to find the Anti-Christ and stop supernatural forces from taking over the world.On Wednesday, Amazon Prime Video released a new Good Omens trailer, which features angels, demons, and hellish special effects. The sci-fi series, which stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, and Benedict Cumberbatch, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on May 31.Stopping the end of the world can’t be hard, right? Think again. In Good Omens,  Aziraphale, a neurotic angel (Sheen) must work together with Crowley, a chill devil (Tennant), to find a random 11-year-old boy, who just happens to be the Anti-Christ. On their journey to cease Armageddon, they’ll consult Archangel Gabriel (Hamm), and avoid the wrath of Satan (Cumberbatch). There are also plenty of skulls, tornados, fire pits, and flying saucers for the giant end of the world celebration.Will an angel and demon actually protect humans? Or, will sinister forces and the Anti-Christ prevent them from enjoying their time on Earth? Stream Good Omens on Amazon Prime Video to find out what’s in store for this uncanny pair.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Trailer Is a Chilling Final Fight for the Living‘The Sandlot’ Is Coming Back as a TV Series With Original Cast Members‘The Flash’ Season 5, Episode 15 Recap: Kneel Before Groddlast_img read more

CM Punk gives his WWE Championship as Christmas gift Rhodes and Orndorff

first_img Laura Vandervoort December 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm Google+ Now Playing Up Next the legit championship belt? i don’t recall that title? CM Punk gives his WWE Championship as Christmas giftFormer WWE star Cliff “Domino” Compton posted the following on Twitter noting that he was in a storage unit of CM Punk’s recently and was gifted Punk’s legit WWE Championship title for Christmas this year.I was in the storage unit of @CMPunk and I found his legit @wwe belt. I said this is kinda cool and he said its yours, Merry XMAS. #Champ pic.twitter.com/JWKK08szB5— DOMINO Cliff Compton (@CliffCompton) December 22, 2016Rhodes and Orndorff announced for Hall of FameKyle Klingman passed this along.Paul Orndorff and Dusty Rhodes to enter Tragos/Thesz Hall of FameWATERLOO, Iowa—Two of professional wrestling’s most memorable figures will be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Paul Orndorff and Dusty Rhodes will be inducted into the 2017 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend on July 20-22.“The Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend continues to build every year,” said Gerry Brisco, 2005 inductee and president of the selection committee. “I’m excited that Paul and Dusty will be recognized for their significant achievements in professional wrestling. This is a huge honor for both.”Paul Orndorff made his wrestling debut in 1976 with stints in Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Southeastern Championship Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff made his WWE debut in 1984 and participated in the original Wrestlemania main event against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Following his stint in the WWE, he competed in WCW and Smoky Mountain Wresting. Orndorff was also a football standout at the University of Tampa before a one-year stint in the World Football League.Dusty Rhodes made his professional wrestling debut in 1967. During the 1970s, he competed in the AWA, WWF, and throughout the NWA territories, where he was a three-time NWA champion. Known as “The American Dream,” Rhodes left the NWA in 1990, and returned to the WWE with rivalries with Big Boss Man, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. After winding down his in-ring career, Rhodes was involved behind the scenes with NXT, where he helped train a new generation of competitors. Rhodes played football for West Texas State and in the Continental Football League. He passed away on June 11, 2015.The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum will release winners of the Lou Thesz World Heavyweight Championship Award, Frank Gotch Award, George Tragos Award, and Jim Melby Award in 2017.Distinguished guests confirmed to appear include Gerry Brisco, Jim Ross, JJ Dillon, Brian Blair, Jim Brunzell, Larry Hennig, Baron Von Raschke, Wade Keller, William Murdock, Rob Schamberger, Matt Riddle, and Charlie Thesz.A new event for 2017 will be the Hall of Fame Classic presented by Impact Pro Wrestling. This one-day tournament takes place on Friday, July 21 in addition to the evening professional wrestling show.The tournament is an invitational featuring eight of the best wrestlers in the world. The first participant announced is former UFC fighter Matt Riddle. The other seven participants will be announced as they are confirmed.E-mail Troy Peterson at wresshow@yahoo.com for more information.All-Access Passes are available for a reduced price of $100 through December 31, 2016.Description: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifJanuary 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017, passes will be $115.After May 31, 2017, All-Access Passes will be $130.They can be pre-ordered by contacting the Dan Gable Museum at dgmstaff@nwhof.org or by calling (319) 233-0745.All-Access Passes allow attendees an opportunity to attend all weekend events, including a ticket to the Hall of Fame Banquet, a front row seat to the Impact Pro Wrestling show (while available), and preferred access at the autograph signing.There are also events that are limited to All-Access Pass Holders and distinguished guests.George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Schedule (additional details available in Spring 2017).Thursday, July 205:30 p.m. – Social at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for HOF Inductees and All-Access Pass Holders. Includes food and beverage. (All-access pass holders and distinguished guests only).9:30 p.m.: Open mic and pro wrestling trivia.Friday, July 219 a.m. – National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum opens.10 a.m. – Documentary plays in the theater at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.11:30 a.m. – Pro Wrestling Evaluation with at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Open to All-Access Pass Holders ($10 Admission for non-Pass Holders).1 p.m. – Hall of Fame Classic. Eight-person Tournament with the first round held at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center with finals held at IPW show in the evening. ($10 Admission for non-Pass Holders).2:30 p.m. – Live podcast. Open to All-Access Pass Holders and distinguished guests ($20 Admission for non-Pass Holders).6 p.m. – Doors open to the Impact Pro Wrestling show at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.7 p.m. – Impact Pro Wrestling show starts at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Front row ticket included for All-Access Pass Holders (Tickets are $25 for Ringside and $15 for General Admission for non-Pass Holders)9:30 p.m. – After Party for All-Access Pass Holders and distinguished guests.Saturday, July 2210 a.m. – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for All-Access Pass Holders.10:30 a.m. – Open forum on independent professional wrestling.Noon – Doors open at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum to general public ($10 Admission for non-Pass Holders).12:30 p.m. – Salute to the Legacy of the Hennig Family at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum.2 p.m. – Autograph signing with professional wrestling legends at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. All-Access Pass Holders allowed to enter first. $20 Admission for non-Pass Holders required (individual signers will charge).5 p.m. – Hall of Fame Reception at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.6 p.m. – Induction Banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.7 p.m. – Induction Ceremony at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. All-Access Pass includes banquet ticket. Banquet Tickets are $60 per ticket for non-Pass Holders.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Miz Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions December 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm Now Playing Up Next Kane 10 COMMENTS WhatsApp December 23, 2016 at 9:32 pm Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 December 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm Moonsaves Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Videos Articles IKILLU Now Playing Up Next December 26, 2016 at 11:46 am Congratulations to Paul Orndorff & the late great Dusty Rhodes. But, how were they not already in it?And to Cliff Compton, cool gift! Be sure to send CM Punk a really nice thank you card. Pinterest Videos Articles Colby December 24, 2016 at 11:27 am Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon Twittercenter_img The Young Bucks on CM Punk coming to AEW, Cody’s chairshot, nearly signing with WWE Vince just said months ago on Austin’s podcast that he would love to do business with Punk again when he’s ready. Ironically I think it’s Punk that will never have interest again and he financially doesn’t need to so I can’t see it happening anyway! Now Playing Up Next Rob Giles +Colby Ultimate Warrior & Goldberg Said Exactly The Same Thing As CM Punk But They Returned & They Had A Much Bigger Beef With WWE Than CM PunkPlus CM Punk Will Jump Back InTo WWE If The PayCheck Was Big Enough & If He Fails In Every Other Option He has Punk actually did a good job of saving his money though. I’m pretty sure between him and AJ Lee they have a decent nest egg. We’ll see – the difference seems to be is that Punk dislikes being a celebrity (likes the benefits sure, but not being a celebrity) where Goldberg and Warrior tried to keep themselves out there whereas Punk seems to be making decisions (comics) based on what makes him excited only. Oh, and I believe Goldberg and Warrior when the said their decision was based on their children and wives seeing them live and as heroes and the money was the bonus. Punk doesn’t seem to be that kind of guy and he and AJ have said they don’t plan to have children and AJ walked away from hundreds of thousands (probably a million in all) in her prime to join him in leaving the spotlight We’ll see but I think personally the situation with Punk and Bret, Goldie, Warrior, etc. is very, very different and you have to look at each situation. Bret is the closest (way closer) to Punk and he came back to help his family jump through the ranks.I think that’s the difference – I like Punk the least of the 4 if I had to choose but I don’t think any amount will bring him back (maybe if it’s a number Vince would never offer and for a shorter return than would make sense) but doubt it for any logical amount.I don’t think he needs a career identity to define him given that UFC is something that appealed to him and comics is his passion and seems the only reason he was interested – in fact, he seems to be intent on pursuing MMA now with way less money involved.That was a long explaination for just a “we’ll see” but wanted to explain the difference I see! Colby December 24, 2016 at 1:23 am Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania December 24, 2016 at 11:00 am Glenn Wolf CM Punk to appear at Starrcast III, Scheduled for interview and meet-and-greet December 24, 2016 at 11:07 am I’m disappointed it wasn’t still in his fridge, to be honest. It Probably Was He Might Of Got A New Fridge & Put The Old One In Storage :)(: CM Punk is an asshole. Shows what he thinks of that belt and the company that was stupid enough to give him the world title and a huge push to begin with. Hopefully WWE won’t be even remotely dumb enough to bring him back. Punk is nothing anyhow at this point in time, especially since he got slaughtered in his UFC debut. CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie IKILLU Moonsaves CM Punk wow Luchasaurus talks about how Dusty Rhodes came up with his gimmick, teaming with Jungle Boy Facebook CenaLife December 24, 2016 at 8:56 am Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comments are closed.last_img read more

Jerzy Dudek Ancelotti isnt angry with me

first_imgEx-Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek insists all is good with Carlo Ancelotti after denying him the Champions League title in 2005 for AC MilanThe Pole saved Andriy Shevchenko’s spot-kick to complete a remarkable Liverpool comeback at Istanbul 13 years ago.Rafael Benitez’s side fought back from 3-0 down to level the scoreline at 3-3 heading into extra-time before Dudek’s decisive save in the shoot-out victory over Ancelotti’s Milan team.“Ancelotti isn’t angry with me, I met him after the final against Milan and we talked a lot,” Dudek said on Radio Crc, as quoted by Football-Italia.“Milan practically had that game won, so much so that Ancelotti declared it was the best first half of one of his teams, but in the end they lost. Seriously, it was an amazing comeback.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I didn’t plan my dance on the penalties, but there is a background to it. Jamie Carragher told me to come up with something to distract the Milan players.“I refused because I wanted to be focused, but he was insistent so I tried it with the first penalty. It worked, so I kept doing it and I was moving more and more with each penalty.“I tried it again in my career and it doesn’t always work, but it certainly puts more pressure on the opponent.“I was very confident in that final thanks to my double save on Shevchenko.”Ancelotti, who was appointed Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Napoli in the summer, will now play host to Liverpool on Wednesday at the Stadio San Paolo.last_img read more

Video Ibrahimovic discusses shock Premier League return

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has been joking about a potential Premier League comeback, amid reports of a return to Manchester UnitedThe 37-year-old striker currently plays for MLS side LA Galaxy and has impressed in the United States upon his arrival from United earlier this year.Ibrahimovic has managed 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games for Galaxy this season.Recent reports have linked him with a surprise return to United on loan in January due to Romelu Lukaku’s continued struggles in front of goal, which has even begun to worry manager Jose Mourinho.Real Madrid are another club allegedly interested in taking Ibrahimovic on loan in the winter transfer window as a short-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.But one place that he will be unlikely to go to is West Ham United, which Ibrahimovic told British comedian and Hammers fan James Corden.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m here with my buddy James and he wants me to come to West Ham,” said Ibrahimovic on Twitter.“But they could not afford me. Let’s put up the viewers for the James Corden Show first.”Corden jokingly responded: “It’s happening. We’ll figure it out. We’ll get the ball in the box with you on the end… done. Come on you Irons.”My buddy @JKCorden what do you want? West Ham or more viewers for the @latelateshow ? pic.twitter.com/s5YPUSbtVY— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) October 25, 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

Saudi Arabia to Ban Skype WhatsApp

first_imgA month after imposing a censorship on Twitter, the ultra conservative gulf kingdom Saudi Arabia has threatened to ban instant messaging applications like Skype and WhatsApp citing failure to control them as the reason.”The Communications and Information Technology Commission has requested companies operating the applications to meet the regulatory requirements to avoid their suspension in the kingdom,” sources told Saudi news website Sabq.”The commission is now coordinating with the application operators on the issue.”According to Russia Today, the Saudi Arabian government had given just a week’s time to the companies to deal with the situation and decide on technical measures.The sources said the decision of banning instant messaging applications was “in accordance with regulatory procedures.”Saudi-owned television news channel Al Arabiya reported that instant messaging applications like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber face the risk of being banned.Recently, Saudi Arabia Minister for Media and Culture Abdel Aziz Khoga had asked citizens to abide by the government’s decision of banning Twitter.”People have to take care of what they are writing on Twitter,” the minister said.”It’s getting harder to observe around three million people subscribing to the social network in the kingdom.”Earlier, the government had banned the usage of Blackberry Phones stating that the sending and receiving of message was encrypting communications and was causing difficulty in monitoring them which in turn affected the country’s efforts to fight terrorism and crime.Here are some countries that have completely banned social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:last_img read more

Spain to suspend Catalonias govt call elections

first_imgSpanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a crisis cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace on 21 October, 2017 in Madrid. Photo: AFPSpain announced Saturday that it will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the semi-autonomous region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence.The drastic escalation of Spain’s worst political crisis in decades will see separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and his administration stripped of their jobs, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters after a crisis meeting of his cabinet.Puigdemont’s threat to declare independence “has been unilateral, contrary to the law, and seeking confrontation,” said Rajoy, adding that he will seek approval from the Senate — where his conservatives hold an absolute majority — for permission to dissolve the Catalan parliament and call elections within six months.In the meantime, the jobs of Puigdemont and his team will be carried out by Spain’s national ministers, Rajoy said.Puigdemont was due to respond at 9:00 pm (2100 GMT). In Barcelona, independence supporters took to their balconies banging their pots and pans in protest at Rajoy’s decision.Autonomy is a highly sensitive issue in wealthy Catalonia, which saw its powers taken away under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.Home to 7.5 million people, the northeastern region fiercely defends its language and culture and enjoys control over its policing, education and healthcare.In a crisis that has rattled stock markets and worried a European Union that is already struggling with Brexit, Catalonia held a banned independence referendum on October 1, with Puigdemont threatening to declare a breakaway state based on its results.- Uncharted legal waters -Under Article 155 of Spain’s constitution, Madrid enjoys powers to wrest back control of rebellious regions, but it has never used them before.Rajoy said he had made the decision reluctantly but had no choice in his battle to keep the country together.”This was neither our desire nor our intention,” he said.”We are applying Article 155 because the government of a democratic country cannot accept that the law is ignored.”He also insisted that the measures did not amount to “suspending Catalonia’s autonomy or self-government”, saying it was those who have jeopardised these rights “who are being stopped”.Rajoy said elections had wide backing amongst Catalans who are growing frustrated with politicians’ inability to end the deadlock.”The majority wants it, it is common sense,” he said.A poll for newspaper El Periodico released Saturday indicated 68 percent of Catalans back elections, although ahead of Rajoy’s announcement 66 percent rejected his move to seize powers from Catalonia.Separatists of all political stripes, from Puigdemont’s conservatives to the far-left, have dominated the Catalan parliament since the last elections in 2015, holding 72 seats out of 135.- ‘Hellish mess’ -Saturday’s dramatic developments come a day after Madrid won powerful backing from the king and the EU.King Felipe VI blasted what he said was an “unacceptable secession attempt” and said Catalonia was “an essential part of 21st century Spain”.”We do not want to give up that which we have built together,” he pleaded.European parliament head Antonio Tajani, accepting a prestigious prize from the king on behalf of the EU, demanded respect for the law in words that offered implicit backing to Madrid.”Some are sowing discord by deliberately ignoring law,” he said, adding pointedly: “All too often in the past the prospect of redrawing borders has been presented as a heavenly panacea that has resulted in a hellish mess.”As tensions continue to run high, independence supporters are set to rally in Barcelona at 1500 GMT calling for the release of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, the leaders of two powerful grassroots separatist groups who have been in jail since Monday pending investigation into sedition charges.Puigdemont says an overwhelming 90 percent backed independence in the referendum, but turnout was 43 percent as many Catalans who back unity stayed away from a vote that had been ruled illegal while others were hindered from voting by a police crackdown.Catalonia is roughly evenly split over whether to break away from Spain, according to polls, with supporters saying the region does too much to prop up the rest of the national economy but their opponents arguing that it is stronger as part of a bigger nation.Two weeks of political limbo have already taken a toll on one of Spain’s most important regional economies, with nearly 1,200 companies shifting their legal headquarters elsewhere in a bid to minimise the instability.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

Chrome Native Client powers the first mobilePC crossplatform games

first_imgFew things are more frustrating to an avid gamer than the complete and total lack of cross-platform support for most games out there. I want to play online, with my friends, regardless of what platform they are on. Some have tried, but it’s never really been a unified experience.PC gamers brag that their amazing rigs are better and more accurate than the console gamers, and console gamers argue that their gamepads are far better for gameplay. I feel like a unified gaming platform would have shortened the war by five years and saved millions of dollars in the process. My cries for unification fell on deaf ears, with few exceptions… until today. Today, it looks like the team at Spacetime Studios is expanding their popular series of MMOs to allow the PC, Android, and iOS platforms to all play together thanks to Chrome Native Client (NaCl).At Google I/O this year, the Chrome team announced that the Native Client SDK was being released in beta, bringing the ability to build web apps that could seamlessly launch native compiled code in the browser.  Among the many possibilities this brings to Chrome, it meant it would be much easier to render 2D and 3D graphics, which meant Chrome could become a rich gaming platform that works on computers of every kind. Effectively, any game written in NaCl would work on anything that could run the Chrome browser. What’s more, it would allow you to switch back and forth between those clients and maintain the same game profile and data. This was a huge step for browser-based games of any kind, but the guys at Spacetime Studios decided to take it one step further.close dialogclose dialogChrome Native Client is still in Labs state, meaning it’s not ready for primetime yet, but we noticed that the Chrome Web Store was on the list of places you could play games made by SpaceTime Studios. The developer team behind the smash hit MMO Pocket Legends has been busy to say the least. One of the biggest MMO games on iOS, and the first MMO to cross-platform between iOS and Android was a significant accomplishment. Added to that the recent release of the futuristic MMO Star Legends to both platforms and you’ve got a very popular pair of games ready for a surge of new users. None of the SpaceTime games can be found right now by searching the Chrome Web Store, so we anticipate that Native Client will be released any day now.The Chrome Web Store is likely to soon be filled with more powerful game titles, like the Pocket Legends and Star Legends MMO games. The ability to play anywhere you have access to a web browser is a powerful tool, and one that will grow more popular. I don’t think we are anywhere near seeing browser games take over traditional games like Call of Duty or Starcraft, but I think we will certainly start to see the lines between those words get more blurry over the next year.Now, with Chrome NaCl on the horizon, anything with a browser will be able to play with Linux users, Mac users, Windows users, and mobile users as well. For MMO gamers out there, it’s an impressive new way to play no matter where you are.Want more background? ExtremeTech explains what is Native Client.last_img read more