I prayed for Sachin: Yuvraj

first_img“Nothing can get bigger than this,” That is how three members of the Indian team on Monday summed up the World Cup victory.As Headlines Today’s Nishant Arora caught up with Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, they maintained: “It is a dream come true?a wonderful feeling.””Winning the WC was the biggest moment in my life. Nothing can get bigger than this,” said Harbhajan, adding, “We were confident of winning the WC even before the tournament as we had planned last year about this. We played both good and bad matches, but we came strongly out of tough situations. After league matches, we told ourselves that it’s a matter of a couple of games and we have to give more than 100 percent.””It is a dream come true,” Yuvraj Singh, the winner of four MoMs in the WC, said, adding, “I was very emotional, because it was our biggest day. The fact that all of us wanted to win this for Sachin and India made everyone emotional. Tendulkar’s dedication, motivation and the amount of adulation he commands – and he is such a humble man – all this made us work hard to achieve this for him. I prayed to God to give him this special moment.”Virat Kohli said winning the WC is an ‘amazing feeling’. “I consider myself lucky to win the WC in my first attempt. It’s wonderful feeling,” he said, adding “All of us look up to Sachin and wanted to win the Cup for him, who has done so much for Indian cricket.”advertisementlast_img read more

Sony, LG, Motorola and Samsung are continuously innovating the smartwatch segment

first_imgSmartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA scheduled from September 5 to 10 in Berlin, with LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all falling over each other to show that their new items are what buyers need.Jumping the gun, Samsung Electronics and LG previewed their approaching smartwatches, the Gear S and the LG Watch R, a week ago ahead of the show.Samsung’s Gear S is a 3G smartwatch that needn’t bother with a cell phone to operate. It is fueled by a 1GHz processor and has a bended 2 inch super AMOLED screen, sporting 480 X 360 display specification.In the wake of utilizing Android Wear on the Gear Live, Samsung is once more utilizing the Tizen framework on its most recent model. Getting designers to come up with applications for smartwatches will be a test for any organization, and more so for Samsung, since Tizen doesn’t have the huge numbers of technical developers that Android and iOS have. To help make up for the absence of applications, Samsung has collaborated with Nike on a health and fitness application, and Nokia for guided maps.The Gear S has 4GB of incorporated data space, 512MB of RAM and a 300 mAh lithium cell that endures two days with normal utilization, as per Samsung. The Gear S will begin shipping worldwide in October.Samsung has now affirmed five smartwatches in 12 months – the first model, the Galaxy Gear, was shown at IFA a year ago. The organization’s point is obviously to maintain and extend its position in the smartwatch segment, especially given bits of gossip about Apple’s conceivable entrance into the wearables business with the expected name of iWatch.The strategy is like what Samsung has done in the past – go for various distinctive thoughts and see what stays in the consumer memory. Given this approach, it is amazing the organization hasn’t put out a smartwatch with a round face, as LG and Motorola Mobility are relied upon to do soon.Motorola’s round Moto 360 has been expected for quite a while, sporting Android Wear as its Google-backed OS. It should (at last) be presented this week at IFA 2014, Berlin. The Moto 360 is expected to have a 1.5 inch screen, be water- and dust-safe, and have an incorporated heart-rate sensor.It will rival LG’s also-Android Wear-based G Watch R, which has a 1.3 inch screen and is controlled by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. It has 4GB of memory, 512MB of RAM and a 410 mAh battery. LG has given a handful of pictures of the gadget, which looks more like a conventional watch – as opposed to the predecessing G Watch’s somewhat insipid looks. In light of the fact that none of the pictures demonstrate the Android Wear interface, LG is probably focusing on marketing it as a watch with smart functions rather than a small phone on your your wrist. The Moto 360 is reputed to have a $250 sticker, with no news from LG about the G Watch R.Sony is additionally lined up at IFA to dispatch another smartwatch. The organization is a veteran in the field, so far utilizing its self-tailored form of Android. Be that as it may, given Android Wear’s solid performance reviews, it is imaginable that Sony will utilize the Google OS on the new gadget.advertisementThe smartwatch segment is still in its earliest stages, with items that have a great deal of opportunity to get better. Case in point, colossal advances over the environment as a whole are required to accomplish various demands by smartwatch pushers and technophiles.Wearable devices are still overwhelmed by armbands from health and fitness companies, for example, Fitbit and Jawbone (worth mentioning: Goqii), which have more than a lion’s share of the overall wearable technology segment. It remains to be seen if mobile technology majors can match human wrists with steel and silicon.last_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas overcomes Mikhail Kukushkin challenge to win Marseille Open

first_imgTop seed Stefanos Tsitsipas clinched his second ATP Tour singles title with a 7-5 7-6(5) victory over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin at the Marseille Open on Sunday.Tsitsipas, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals last month, battled hard to clinch victory over the 31-year-old Kukushkin in a little under two hours.The 20-year-old, who did not drop a set in the entire tournament, fired 14 aces and won 86 per cent of his first-serve points.”Winning titles is the thing that I am working for. It’s the biggest satisfaction and the biggest joy in tennis,” Tsitsipas said, as quoted by the ATP Tour website.”There was a lot of stress this week because I knew I had to face some good opponents. I’m happy that I got through that stress and played the game that I was supposed to play.”I lost the spark [after the Australian Open] and I was frustrated because it felt like I couldn’t find it again. This week, I can say I am really happy because I felt this hunger back again.”Break points were in short supply in the opening set with neither player wilting under the pressure as they held serve. However, Tsitsipas drew first blood when he broke Kukushkin at 6-5 to take the first set.Tsitsipas was seeing the ball very well on Kukushkin’s serve and returns, hitting some juicy forehand and backhand winners straight down the line.Kukushkin broke Tsitsipas for the first time in the second set and had the chance to break him again to go 5-2 up but the Greek number one saved two break points to mount an epic comeback.advertisementChanging strategies in the second set, Tsitsipas attempted a serve-and-volley game and came up to the net often in a bid to upset Kukushkin’s rhythm.Tsitsipas then won three games in a row to race to a 6-5 lead and was one game away from winning the title before Kukushkin enforced a tiebreak.The tiebreak went with serve until Tsitsipas broke Kukushkin at the 11th point to set up the win on serve and take home the title, his second after he won the Stockholm Open in October last year.Also Watch:last_img read more

14 days agoBarcelona sensation Carlos Perez: They compare me with Pedro

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona sensation Carlos Perez: They compare me with Pedroby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Perez is delighted with his breakthrough at Barcelona.The winger has been a big revelation this season and admits he had lucrative offers to leave Barca at 16.Perez told Radio Catalunya: “There are people who are guided more by money, I respect all decisions, but I always say that I want to succeed here. “Money always arrives and for me being here is the most important thing and not leaving for €1.5m at 16 years of age. “My dream is to succeed here.”He added: “They have told me that I look like Pedro, they have also compared me to (Arjen) Robben. I would sign to have Pedro’s career.” last_img read more

Crown begins questioning of Quebec man charged in murders of exwife stranger

first_imgST-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec man charged with the first-degree murders of two people, including his ex-wife, has told a jury that a combination of stress and anger were precursors to the killing.Ugo Fredette was under cross examination by the Crown on Friday, two days after taking the stand in his defence.Fredette has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murders of his ex, Veronique Barbe, and Yvon Lacasse, a random stranger he came across at a highway stop. Defence lawyer Louis-Alexandre Martin has told the court his client’s actions were not premeditated and that he snapped on the day of killings. Martin urged jurors to find Fredette guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter on both counts.The Crown argued that Fredette couldn’t accept the end of his relationship with Barbe, 41, so he allegedly stabbed her 17 times before fleeing with a child who was present at the scene. While on the lam, he allegedly killed Lacasse, 71, before stealing the man’s car at a rest stop.Fredette, 43, was arrested Sept. 15, 2017, in Ontario. He was reportedly spotted by citizens across Quebec during his alleged run from authorities.On Friday, the accused brushed off the Crown’s assertion his relationship with Barbe was “toxic,” describing it instead as “intense” or “hard-core.”Fredette was also questioned about a violent altercation outside the home he shared with Barbe just four days before both murders.Prosecutor Steve Baribeau asked Fredette if he had a problem with violence.“What happened is unacceptable,” Fredette said, alleging it was the first time such an altercation between the two had taken place.Fredette elected to take the stand in his own defence and told jurors Wednesday he exploded when Barbe threatened him with a knife on Sept. 14, 2017.The accused testified that he didn’t remember stabbing his ex-wife numerous times and was left with a singular image of her, inert on the ground, with a knife in her stomach.As for the slaying of Lacasse, Fredette said he was ashamed.He said he attacked Lacasse at a rest stop because he thought the man was trying to kidnap the same six-year-old boy Fredette had fled with.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Big Ten presents balance challenge for Buckeyes

The Big Ten may be slipping in national prominence for football, but men’s basketball is on the rise.The dominance of the Big Ten in men’s basketball began in the 2005 NCAA tournament. Big Ten teams occupied five spots in the NCAA tournament, three of which made it to the Elite Eight: Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State. Of those squads, Michigan State and Illinois reached the Final Four, and Illinois made it to the National Championship game.Since 2005, the Big Ten has had at least four teams in the NCAA tournament every year and has made three appearances in the National Championship, including Ohio State’s appearance in 2007 and Michigan State’s in 2009. Seven teams from the Big Ten made the 2009 NCAA tournament; only the Big East earned as many spots.The results for the Big Ten were respectable with only Minnesota, Ohio State and Illinois losing in the first round. Michigan and Wisconsin lost in the second round, Purdue lost in the Sweet 16 and Michigan State lost to North Carolina in the National Championship game.The Big Ten has been well represented in the NIT as well, winning three of the last six, including OSU’s win in 2008 and Penn State’s victory in 2009.To begin this season, five teams from the Big Ten are ranked; only the Big East has more teams in the Top 25 with six. No. 2 Michigan StateThe Spartans are the highest ranked team from the Big Ten, but have also lost the most in the offseason.The biggest loss came with the departure of senior center Goran Suton. Suton averaged 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and was an offensive catalyst in last year’s National Championship run.The Spartans also lost senior starting guard Travis Walton, who averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Walton was a reliable point guard, averaging only 1.4 turnovers a game.The problem for the Spartans this year might not be who they lost to graduation as much as who they could lose to injury. Senior forward Raymar Morgan and junior guard Chris Allen have already missed parts of the preseason due to injury.Sophomore forward Delvon Roe and junior guard Durrell Summers were unable to finish the Spartans’ preseason game last Sunday with injuries. However, MSU has one of the deepest benches in the country and should be fine once the regular season starts, as all of the current injuries are not major.MSU has its first real test of the season Dec. 1 as it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on the defending National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.No. 7 PurdueOther than MSU, the Purdue Boilermakers were the only team from the Big Ten to make it to the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA tournament.Purdue suffered no major losses to its roster last offseason and is hoping to make a deep run into the NCAA tournament. Pollsters agree that they have the potential for that deep run and ranked Purdue No. 7 nationally in the preseason.Purdue has already had a taste of the injury bug as freshman center Sandi Marcius fractured his right foot and will miss four to six weeks. Marcius was expected to receive a lot of minutes as a backup to junior forwards Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson.Hummel had a lingering back injury last year and is expected to lead the Boilermakers to a very productive season. After being named to the preseason All-Conference team last year, Hummel managed to average 12.5 points and seven rebounds per game, despite his injuries.Purdue’s first test comes Jan. 1 against No. 8 West Virginia.No. 15 MichiganMichigan seems to have finally re-emerged as a powerhouse team in the conference after being disciplined by the NCAA in 2003. The NCAA took away one scholarship per year and banned Michigan from postseason appearances from 2004-2008.Michigan’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 11 years ended in the second round against Oklahoma.The Wolverines did not lose any key players in the offseason. They return senior forward DeShawn Sims and junior guard Manny Harris, a preseason pick for the Naismith Award, given to the best collegiate basketball player in the country. Together, they combined for 32.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game last season.Michigan welcomes seven freshmen to the team this year, a large amount for any program in one year. Michigan plays No. 1 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Dec. 19. No. 16 Ohio StateAfter a disappointing loss against Siena in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, Ohio State looks to get back to the NCAA tournament and have a better showing.The only player not on Ohio State’s roster from last season is center B.J. Mullens. Mullens entered the NBA draft and took his 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game with him. Mullens was not thought to be a major loss until senior center Dallas Lauderdale broke a bone in his right hand. Lauderdale is expected to return in another two to three weeks.Lauderdale will be replaced by fifth-year senior center Kyle Madsen and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos. Madsen only averaged 7.7 minutes per game last year.The heart of the OSU squad lies in the hands of guard Evan Turner and forward David Lighty. Lighty returns this year after playing only seven games last season due to a broken bone in his left foot.Turner led the team in points with 17.3 per game, rebounds with 7.1 per game and assists with four per game.Ohio State will be tested early in the season with a matchup against defending champion North Carolina, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation.No. 23 IllinoisIllinois lost four players in the offseason who accounted for 83.1 minutes played per game, including two starters.Three key players not returning are guards Chester Frazier, Trent Meacham and Calvin Brock. Together, the three averaged a combined 21.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 8.9 assists and three steals per game.These losses may seem hard to overcome, but Illinois does return three of its four leading scorers and two of its three leading rebounders.Also, Illinois welcomes five freshmen to its squad, including three highly touted guards to help replace its backcourt. The Illini are a wild-card team who depend on the play of freshmen to dictate the success of their season.The only ranked out-of-conference opponent Illinois plays is at No. 24 Clemson on Dec. 2 during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.No. 25 MinnesotaMinnesota lost no major players from a year ago, but made an addition with junior-college transfer Trevor Mbakwe.Gopher nation hopes Mbakwe can be the inside presence the team seemed to lack last season, but a legal snag will keep him from playing for the time being. Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said last Monday that until Mbakwe’s felony battery case is resolved, he will not be allowed to play.The decision will hurt Minnesota, but not drastically. The team is deep, with nine players returning that each averaged 11 or more minutes per game last season. Only two players last season averaged 25 or more minutes per game.One advantage Minnesota has, that no other Big Ten team has, is that they do not play any ranked non-conference games. This gives Minnesota the best chance for the best overall record in the conference.However, the NCAA Tournament selection committee could be reluctant to give Minnesota an at-large bid because of its weak out-of-conference schedule.The first indicator of whether the Big Ten is a real competitor or not will take place during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The Big Ten has never won the Challenge. read more

Basile doesnt like Marcelo Bielsas popularity

first_imgWith the most recent job that Marcelo Bielsa has at Leeds United in English football’s Championship, compatriot Alfio Basile thrashed him for his popularity.We can’t say that we don’t agree with the Argentine former manager Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile, who recently spoke to newspaper La Nacion and harshly criticized Marcelo Bielsa’s inclination towards marketing around his reputation in the sport. Since he started his career as a professional manager, we always wondered why everybody always regarded Marcelo as some kind of genius when he has never really won any major trophies at the highest level of competition. Every time the manager does take a big squad that has many world-class stars in it, something happens that usually ends up with him resigning or getting sacked and yet everybody who talks about him almost attributes the cure of cancer to his name. Someone from his own country finally came out and criticized the manager, who is currently coaching English club Leeds United on the Championship. It was Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile who talking to newspaper La Nacion, went after Bielsa for being so “marketing inclined”.Basile: “Bielsa es lo más marketinero que he visto en mi vida” https://t.co/4ptV7GRil7 pic.twitter.com/YpptC7xffF— LA NACION (@LANACION) August 23, 2018“I don’t want to talk about Bielsa because he is the most marketing-oriented person I’ve ever seen. It’s probably not his fault because he does look like a nice guy, but I still can’t explain how they agree to televise his Championship matches. Who paid that when he managed Lille for example? I just can’t believe it. Plus, he never wants to coach a top-tier club that is pressured to win titles. Who else has had his second division matches televised before? They wouldn’t even do that with Mourinho! I just can’t explain it. I actually spoke to him once in Atocha, the Madrid train station. I went to see the Argentina national team that played in Sevilla once, and he was managing the squad. He saw me and invited me to sit down for a coffee. I remember him asking me how the qualifiers were. After that, I never saw him again. His kind are weird guys, you don’t see them anywhere,” said Basile to La Nacion.? | Upon arriving at the ground, the players take time out to meet and sign autographs for our fantastic travelling support #AllLeeds pic.twitter.com/vfV9pba3jZ— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2018Bielsa’s real appeal.But studying a bit more about this character and trying to understand him, we do have to say that this is a man who studies football every hour of every day and never gets tired of it. Plus his tactical ideas when seen during a football match are very interesting, he does have offensive inclinations that are very entertaining to watch. Pep Guardiola himself has declared that he is a devoted Bielsa fan, every time he has time to speak about the Argentine only praise comes out of his mouth. But we still fail to understand why he still isn’t able to control his personality, because Bielsa has always had trouble or arguments with important people from every single squad he manages. There have been many reports from the players of Marcelo Bielsa treating them like garbage, the incidents with the Chilean national team players and the Athletic Club roster are well-documented.Diego Simeone goes after Real Madrid’s lack of style again Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – August 5, 2019 During a long interview for La Nacion, Diego Simeone came after Real Madrid’s lack of school and praised other clubs above them.We’ve all known…40’ Shackleton got to the byline, played a great ball across the goal and Kemar Roofe tapped home1-1 | #SWALEEpic.twitter.com/IXahkxic75— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 21, 2018Bielsa’s current form in Leeds United.Then there is the proof of his football philosophy, Marcelo Bielsa has played fantastic football at Leeds United since he first arrived in the Championship and currently has the squad in second place playing offensive football that is just as entertaining as Josep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It’s pretty easy for any marketing team of any club in the world to market a squad that plays football like that, Marcelo Bielsa is the perfect example of a man who executes his ideas just the way he wants to and there is a huge reason why a lot of people regard him in such high esteem. We still don’t know if Bielsa will be able to take Leeds United back to the Premier League, it would certainly be a great achievement in the Argentinean manager’s career and we would obviously love to watch him play against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the next season of the top division of English football. We get why ‘Coco’ may be salty about this, but after a thorough analysis and consideration, we don’t agree with him anymore.El Leeds United de Marcelo Bielsa suma 3 victorias en 3 partidos. Así saca el balón jugado su equipo en Inglaterra. pic.twitter.com/ywlMWtyqaW— Fonsi Loaiza (@FonsiLoaiza) August 14, 2018What do you think Bielsa has that makes him such a special football manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

UK promises to assess TCI security needs and pay for it

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 27, 2017 – The United Kingdom has agreed to carry out and pay for a security needs assessment; this comes out of the National Security Council meeting held with the Premier, Deputy Premier, Attorney General, Commissioner of Police, Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Governor and Governor yesterday.During the session, which was a scheduled NSC meeting, there was talk about border security and the coastal radar and the dire situation with illegal entry by boat in particular.  The issue creates concerns about human, narcotics and firearms trafficking and it appears the Governor agrees.  That UK assessment will happen before April, according to the release from His Excellency’s office.Also discussed at the NSC meeting, resource needs of the TCI Police Force, again… a need to firmly inform the Haitian government of their responsibility to prevent these illegal migrations, again… a renewed commitment to getting a list of undocumented illegals, also again and the unacceptable levels of crime and how a whole of government approach must be taken to thwart increased instances of crime and violence. Related Items:#magneticmedianews #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

52 arrested during statewide illegal marijuana crackdown

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — State Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday announced the arrest of 52 people as part of an enforcement effort billed as the nation’s largest mobilization to eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation.The three-month California Campaign Against Marijuana Planting operation resulted in the seizure of 614,267 cannabis plants and 110 weapons at more than 250 illegal grow sites, according to state officials.The recently concluded crackdown on illegal indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation and pot trafficking “put an exclamation point behind California’s multi-agency illegal-cannabis campaign, holding accountable individuals who damage our public lands and hurt our communities,” Becerra said.“At the California Department of Justice, we will continue to work with our partners at the federal, state and local levels through our CAMP program to vigorously enforce California’s laws against illegal cannabis activity,” he said.During the 12-week operation, four groups of investigators targeted illicit marijuana cultivation and distribution in the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba.Among the accomplishments of the CAMP teams was protection of public resources against misuse and safeguarded public land and water from illegal pesticides, according to the attorney general’s office.In Stanislaus County, the personnel stopped drug traffickers from diverting water from the San Joaquin River, officials said. In other cases, authorities halted the use of a banned pesticide called carbofuran, shielding public lands from the toxic chemical.Taking part in the operation along with various local law enforcement agencies were the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program; the state Bureau of Land Management, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Justice and National Guard; and the federal Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior, Drug Enforcement Administration, Forest Service and National Park Service. October 4, 2018 52 arrested during statewide illegal marijuana crackdown Posted: October 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

KPBSD Teachers Still Without A Contract

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Teachers and staff with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are still negotiating their contracts for this school year and frustrations are rising. Much of the remaining negotiations still revolve around healthcare. Currently, the district offers employees two plans. Staff can choose either a high-deductible plan, of which the district pays 90 percent of employee premiums, or the traditional plan, of which the district pays 85 percent of premiums, according to documents provided by KPBSD. Jesse Bjorkman Kenai Peninsula Education Association Bargaining Spokesman: “Kenai educators last heard from KPBSD leadership at the bargaining table in October. At this meeting KPBSD leadership made it clear that it is willing deficit spend to fund consultants and administrative programs rather than paying for the obligations to students and staff that it already has. Kenai educators are urging the district leadership team to rethink their priorities and come to the bargaining table with real solutions instead of more accusations and obfuscations of the truth.” Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the district since February of 2018 prior to their contracts expiring on July 1. Until an agreement can be made both associations will operate under the old contracts. Without a renewed contract staff will not know what they will end up making for the year. Bjorkman: “What KPBSD educators do in their classrooms everyday is nothing short of incredible. However, morale is at an all time low. We’ve never had a situation like this in my ten years here where so many educators are talking about going on strike, leaving our district or leaving the profession all together.” Later this month, negotiations will move into arbitration.last_img read more

Funding Bonanza to Benefit Failing Military Infrastructure

first_imgBased on funding levels in the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill, a full-year FY 2018 spending bill would allocate $23.4 billion to restore military infrastructure, including barracks, hangars, roads, runways and hospitals, according to a House Armed Services Committee press release. The backlog of deferred maintenance on facilities has increased from $2 billion in 1978 to $100 billion today, it states. This year’s defense policy bill calls for spending $14.4 billion to sustain, repair, and upgrade military infrastructure, and $9 billion for new construction.Photo by U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Ben Bloker Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Arte Público Press Author Interview Manuel Ramos

first_imgArte Público PressThe Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery by Manuel Ramos Arte Público PressManuel Ramos, author of “The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery.” In the new novel by Manuel Ramos The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery, Gus Corral has moved on from his former life of crime.  His new career as a private investigator has thus far been limited to  delivering court notifications and digging up uncomfortable histories for divorce cases.  This situation changes when Joaquin “Kino” Machado walks into Gus’ office.  Kino is a Cuban born star of American baseball. Although he has earned  great popularity (and quite a bit of money) in the United States, events from his past life in Cuba continue to haunt him and his family.  Kino requests that Gus fly to Cuba and personally pay off a debt that is owed by Kino’s brother. Although this is a difficult, risky and possibly an illegal task, Gus agrees to take the assignment. As Gus is preparing to leave for Cuba, a homeless ex-cop named Leo Hudgens  enters his office and asks Gus for help. Hudgens reveals that he was involved in a case of police brutality years ago and that episode has ruined his life. Hudgens wants Gus to help track down his ex-partner and bring him to justice.More information available at www.artepublicopress.comHouston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Manuel Ramos.   00:00 /21:06 X Sharecenter_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian Expected To Hit Florida Coast With 130 MPH Winds On

first_img Share NOAA/NESDIS/STAR/ GOES-EastHurricane Dorian has now left the Caribbean Sea, and it’s predicted to intensify rapidly as it crosses the Atlantic on the way to Florida’s central east coast.Updated at 1 p.m. ETHurricane Dorian is predicted to hit Florida and the northern Bahamas this weekend as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, bringing intense rains and sustained winds of 130 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.With favorable conditions and very warm waters ahead, Dorian is expected to have a fearsome growth spurt in the next 48 hours. As the NHC says, “all of the intensity models forecast Dorian to begin strengthening again soon, and rapid intensification could occur.”Dorian has now left the Caribbean Sea and is over the open Atlantic Ocean, about 220 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It has 85 mph winds and is moving northwest at 13 mph, the National Hurricane Center says in its 11 a.m. ET update.“There is an increasing likelihood of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast” on Labor Day weekend, the National Hurricane Center says.Dorian is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane early Monday. But the storm surge, heavy rains and strong winds will start arriving hours earlier — and many parts of Florida could feel the storm’s effects, says NHC Director Ken Graham.“Please don’t think this is just coastal,” Graham says in a video update Thursday morning. “This is over the whole state.”Dorian also is expected to maintain its hurricane status as it moves inland — a process Graham says would be slow and dangerous and could produce “high impacts” through persistent wind and rain.Pointing to an “M” on the forecast map that denotes Dorian’s approach as a major hurricane and then to an “H” near the center of Florida, Graham adds, “The distance here is about 24 hours.”On the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a Category 4 storm (with winds from 130-156 mph) can cause catastrophic damage, including damage to well-built frame homes.“Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed,” the NHC says in its guide to the wind scale. “Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in the current path of the hurricane, citing forecasters’ dire predictions of high winds and the chance for a damaging storm surge and flooding.Dorian is poised to be the most powerful hurricane to strike Florida’s east coast in decades. Last year, Hurricane Michael became the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. But Michael made landfall on the Gulf side of Florida, at Mexico Beach. Dorian could become the first Category 4 or 5 storm to hit the state’s east coast since Andrew pummeled Homestead, as meteorologist Philip Klotzbach notes.In 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys, before hitting the state a second time on its Gulf Coast.Citing data from a NOAA P-3 aircraft, the NHC says in its 11 a.m. ET update that “there is now a double eyewall structure,” with a small inner eye that’s only 5 nautical miles in diameter inside a larger 25-nautical-mile outer eyewall. The agency adds that the concentric structure is likely preventing the hurricane from developing stronger winds, despite a decrease in its central pressure to 986 millibars.NHC meteorologists say they expect Dorian to expand as it gains power. As of 11 a.m. ET Thursday, it was projecting hurricane-force winds up to 15 miles from its center, with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 90 miles.On Wednesday, Dorian drenched parts of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and other islands. The storm became a hurricane as it approached those land masses, with sustained winds of 75 to 80 mph. Despite raising alarms in a string of Caribbean islands, there have been no reports that Dorian caused extensive damage — a relief for areas that are still working to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in 2017.“Thankfully, there were no reports of major damage here,” NPR’s Adrián Florido reports from San Juan. He adds that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, “there were widespread power outages” in both St. Thomas and St. Croix, along with some flooding.In Puerto Rico, the newspaper El Nuevo Día says that compared with Maria and Irma, Dorian served as “a great drill” to put the government’s response system to a test.Now it’s Florida’s turn to prepare, as a major hurricane heads toward its central east coast. The first tropical-storm-force winds could hit the state as early as Saturday night, although the most likely prediction calls for them to arrive on Sunday, the NHC says.Both DeSantis and Florida’s Sen. Rick Scott say they spoke to President Trump on Wednesday night and that he assured them the federal government is ready to help Florida.Pete Gaynor, acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says the National Response Coordination Center is now at Level 1, its highest level, because of the storm. Listing FEMA’s priorities in a tweet, Gaynor says the agency will help in “re-establishing communications & power after the storm & coordinating federal resources to support local government needs.”The American Red Cross is also preparing a potential disaster response, saying it’s now “getting volunteers and relief supplies ready and lining up shelters.”The NHC’s Graham warns against taking the forecast’s five-day cone too literally — and assuming landfall will occur precisely where the current path hits the coast: “Two-thirds of the time, based on our average error over the last five years, you could see the center of this system anywhere inside this cone.”That means that everyone from southern Georgia all the way down to the Florida Keys “really has to pay attention to this system,” Graham says.For much of the next 48 hours, Dorian will likely be on a fairly northwestern track. It’s then predicted to make a left turn to the west-northwest. But the timing and angle of that shift remain uncertain, meaning any landfall predictions are very likely to change. Forecast models are predicting a number of potential paths into Florida’s coast, ranging from near the Georgia border to South Florida. The current projection is based on a consensus of those predictions.“We don’t want anybody focusing on exactly where the center would come ashore,” says NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen, “because hurricanes, as we know, are not a dot on a map. Their impacts are over a wide area.”The powerful hurricane is heading toward the U.S. mainland days after the Trump administration said it would transfer some $271 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to other units in the Department of Homeland Security, citing a need to support the president’s border enforcement efforts.The emergency transfer of money includes $155 million from FEMA’s disaster relief fund, according to documents obtained by NPR.On Thursday, DeSantis said he is not concerned about that transfer, calling it “a political controversy.” As NPR’s Greg Allen reports, DeSantis said at a midmorning briefing, “They have a huge amount of money available. There’s not going to be any limitations on Florida getting whatever it needs to respond to this.”With Dorian still currently at sea, no U.S. coastal watches or warnings are in effect yet. But forecasters say it could skim the northwestern Bahamas on its way to the U.S. mainland.The Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued a hurricane alert around 10 a.m. local time that covers several islands, including Grand Bahama, Abaco, New Providence and Eleuthera.The Bahaman agency says residents “should ensure that all hurricane preparations are put in place as they can begin to experience the effects of Hurricane Dorian by Saturday night.”While Dorian caused some flooding and isolated damage in the Caribbean, there are now sighs of relief, as leaders give thanks and schools and businesses prepare to open.In the British Virgin Islands, the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island reopened early Thursday.Giving a summary of the hurricane’s effects late Wednesday night, BVI Premier Andrew Fahie says, “Thanks be to God that we have had no reports of loss of lives, serious injuries, major property damage, crimes or problems in relation to businesses being compromised. “Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Unity in diversity is Indias strength Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India’s strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning, “the world is one family”, the chief minister, on International Human Solidarity Day, urged everybody to stay united and fight the divisive forces. “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us pledge to uphold the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in truest sense. Unity in diversity is India’s strength,” Banerjee tweeted. “We must all be united and fight against the forces which seek to divide us for selfish reasons,” she added. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.last_img read more

Latenight use of gadgets leaves kids sleepdeprived

first_imgNew York: Most parents believe that an excessive late night use of gadgets has significantly hampered the sleep patterns of their teenaged children, leading to poor academic performance, researchers warn. According to them, 56 per cent of parents fall in this category. In the study, published by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan, 43 per cent of parents said their teenage children are struggling to fall asleep or wake up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The poll suggests that sleep problems are common among teenagers and parents believe late-night use of electronics are a main contributor,’ said Sarah Clark, poll co-director at M.P.H. For the study, the researchers included responses from 1,018 parents with at least one child who are aged between 13 –18 years of age. Teenagers’ hectic schedules and homework load – as well as anxiety about school performance and peer relationships – are also seen by parents as contributing to sleep problems. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSome parents also reported that their child experienced occasional sleep problems (one to two nights per week) while 18 percent believe their teenage kids struggle with sleep three or more nights per week. In addition, 10 per cent of parents believe their teenage kids’ sleep problems are associated with their health conditions or medication. Other reasons of sleep disturbances included irregular sleep patterns due to homework or activities which accounted for 43 per cent, worries about school (31 per cent) and concerns about social life (23 per cent), the study noted. The parents have encouraged their children to try different strategies at home to help them cope up with sleep problems, including limiting caffeine in the evening (54 per cent), turning off electronics and cell phones at bedtime (53 per cent), having a snack before bed (44 per cent) and natural or herbal remedies, such as melatonin (36 per cent). Twenty-eight per cent of parents said their kids have also tried some type of medication to address sleep problems. “Parents whose teen continue to have frequent sleep problems, despite following recommendations for healthy sleep hygiene, may want to talk to a health care provider, for the well being of their kid,” said Clark.last_img read more

ATT Scraps Plans for InFlight HighSpeed Internet Service

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read November 11, 2014 Enroll Now for Free AT&T Inc has scrapped its plans to launch high-speed Internet service on commercial flights in order to focus on international expansion and video offerings, the company said in a statement on Monday.On Friday, the carrier announced a $1.7 billion acquisition of Mexican operator Iusacell, AT&T’s second major acquisition this year following a $48.5 billion bid for satellite operator DirecTV.”After a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer pursue entry into the in-flight connectivity industry. We are focusing our capital on transformative investments, such as international and video,” said Fletcher Cook, a spokesman for AT&T.In April, AT&T and Honeywell International Inc had announced a partnership to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity service for airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation in the U.S.The product would have competed with in-flight internet services provider Gogo Inc., whose shares soared 10 percent on the news. (Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Alan Crosby) This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more