Social media helps ease policewoman’s burden

first_imgFor any police personnel, there is no running away from stress. But if we add to that the pressure and responsibilities that come along with motherhood, day-to-day routine becomes even more demanding.This was true for Archana Jain, a woman constable in the Uttar Pradesh Police. However, on Sunday life took a positive turn for her, primarily due to the power of social media.Posted at the Kotwali police station in Jhansi, Ms. Jain was transferred closer home to Agra after her story reached higher officials. The two cities are separated by over 230 kms.Ms. Jain caught the attention of her seniors after photos of her working at her desk with her six-month-old daughter sleeping on the table were widely shared on social media.As there was nobody else to take care of the child in Jhansi, where she lives in a rented apartment, the constable was forced to carry the infant to her workplace daily. “This child is dependent on me. She is only six-months-old and requires breastfeeding,” said Ms. Jain, whose husband works in a private firm near Delhi.Elder daughterShe also has an elder daughter, who studies in Class IV and lives with her grandparents in Agra. Taking cognisance of her case, U.P. Director General of Police O.P. Singh promptly ordered her transfer and even spoke to her. Mr. Singh said Ms. Jain’s situation had inspired the force to “explore creche options at every police line” .“The quintessential 21st Century woman, an ace at any responsibility she is trusted with!” the top cop tweeted about her.DIG Jhansi Range Subhash Singh Baghel acknowledged Ms. Jain’s dedication to her duty and child, and announced a cash reward of ₹1,000.“She has carried out her duties as a mother very well and at the same time not allowed it to affect her duties as a police personnel which she has been carrying out with similar dedication,” Mr. Baghel said.last_img read more

Emotional night for Joe Ingles as Jazz blow out depleted Lakers

first_imgUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell squirts liquid onto Joe Ingles, seated, following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Before the game even started, Joe Ingles was exhausted.Shooting videos with son Jacob, emotional meetings with other families affected by autism and generally doing all he could to promote Autism Awareness Night was almost too much.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Seth Curry drops season high, leads Trail Blazers past Bulls Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the court, Ingles provided plenty of helpers as well. His 14 assists were a career high and he added 11 points and nine rebounds. When he left the game with more than two minutes to play, he received a standing ovation. Then the crowd booed and chanted, “We want Joe!”It seemed the only person in the entire arena who didn’t want to see Ingles go back in and grab that 10th rebound was Ingles himself.“There was no chance. It’s not me. It’s not our team. We had a nice lead,” he said.Crowder lobbied Ingles to stay on the court, to no avail.“We felt it was a special night for Joe and to top it off with a triple-double would have made it even more special, but Joe don’t care,” Crowder said.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I told the guys before the game, I really didn’t know how I’d be,” said Ingles, who nearly finished with his first triple-double as the Utah Jazz beat the depleted Los Angeles Lakers 115-100 on Wednesday. “It was almost overwhelming, to be honest.”Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Derrick Favors scored 20 and Jae Crowder added 16 points for the balanced Jazz, who had seven players in double figures and won for the eighth time in nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSix weeks ago, Ingles went public with the news that his 2-year-old boy was diagnosed with autism. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for funding and awareness.On this night, the Jazz and their sponsors presented a $1.2 million check at halftime and promoted a text donation line to aid the cause. Vignettes of Ingles and his son were featured on the Jumbotron during timeouts. MOST READ “Joe played great. It was a big night for him in a lot of ways. He feels the same way. I mean, we’re all just trying to think about how we can be better,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL“It means a lot to be able to support Joe, and not only him, but all the families that are dealing with this,” Gobert said.The Jazz have often said they are exceptionally close for an NBA squad on a personal level and that it helps their chemistry on the court.“We have each other’s back. It’s bigger than basketball,” Gobert added.Crowder said the video the team put together without Ingles’ knowledge touched him when he saw it during the game.“We’re just trying to be his brother and give him a shoulder to lean on,” Crowder added.TIP-INSLakers: Josh Hart, Mike Muscala and Tyson Chandler missed the game, while Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram have both been ruled out for the remainder of the season. … After coach Luke Walton was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter, Rajon Rondo sat in a courtside seat — not on the Lakers bench — and took off his shoe while Ricky Rubio shot the free throw. … Los Angeles committed a season-low six turnovers.Jazz: Ingles, Donovan Mitchell, Ekpe Udoh, Ricky Rubio and Gobert all custom ordered autism awareness shoes from Kickstradomis with the name Jacob inscribed on each pair. … Ingles got a technical foul in the second quarter and then promptly made a 3-pointer and driving layup. … Crowder and McGee got tangled under Utah’s basket midway through the third quarter. Crowder got a technical for a push. UP NEXTLakers: Return home to play Charlotte on Friday night.Jazz: Host the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the third game of a four-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyle Kuzma paced the Lakers with 21 points after a four-game slump in which he shot just 32.9 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from 3-point range. JaVale McGee had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Caruso and Mo Wagner each added 13 points.Los Angeles had won consecutive games for the first time since January but wasn’t competitive from the start without LeBron James in this one. James sat out after he had 23 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in a 124-106 win Tuesday night against Washington. He had his eighth triple-double of the season (81st of his career) in Sunday’s victory over Sacramento, but has been dealing with a swollen knee and sore groin.Only 4½ games separate the third and eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race, and the Jazz are right in the middle of that pileup.Meanwhile, the Lakers were eliminated from postseason contention last week, and it showed on the court.Utah’s offense featured an abundance of movement and screens, while the Lakers spread the floor and often went with isolation plays. The result was 33 assists for the Jazz and a 58-38 advantage in the paint.“They pass the ball. They share it. Hardly ever iso,” Kuzma said.After leading by seven at halftime, Utah interspersed precision pick-and-rolls with transition opportunities to boost the advantage to 20 in the third quarter.“Our bad stretches were too long. The Jazz are a good team and they’re going to take advantage,” Caruso said.The Jazz often turned Lakers missed shots — and there were plenty as Los Angeles shot 38 percent — into quick-score opportunities. Utah tallied 16 fast-break points to two for the Lakers.But the night belonged to Ingles and those affected by autism, so his teammates and coaches thought it was fitting he had a career night assisting others. Google Philippines names new country director Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:33Eleazar has mixed emotions on promotion, last day as NCRPO chief02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

I have stood up to the hopes of the country for first medal: Sakshi Malik

first_imgA diminutive 23-year-old girl from Mokhra village near Rohtak in Haryana, Sakshi Malik, touched glory at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday by reaching out and grabbing the only medal India has been able to win at the 31st Olympiad. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)What’s even more astonishing is that she is the only woman wrestler from the village which has produced several achievers in the field. (Wrestler Sakshi Malik gives India first medal in Rio Olympics 2016)Sakshi brought an end to India’s long medal wait, when every hopeful had failed one by one. She clinched the bronze in the Women’s Freestyle 58kg category with a spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan. (‘It took a woman athlete to slap Shobhaa De’. Twitter cheers Sakshi Malik after Bronze medal)The young wrestler overturned a 0-5 deficit in a hectic second round to script an 8-5 victory in the medal bout at the Carioca Arena 2 here. (Rio Olympics 2016, Day 12: Live Updates)’HARD WORK HAS PAID OFF'”I have stood up to the hopes of the country for the first medal. I was confident that I can win in the end even being down. The last two hours were the most difficult for me thinking whether the medal will come or not,” she said in her initial comments soon after winning. (Sakshi Malik becomes first female Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal)”This is the first time that a medal has come for women. It’s a success of my 12 years of dedication. My hard work has succeeded,” Sakshi said.advertisementIt was a rousing display of fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude from the Indian.Aisuluu was clearly the superior wrestler in the totally one-sided opening round, displaying impressive strength and technique to take five points and open up a formidable lead.But Sakshi — who has previously shown a knack of staging strong comebacks — was a totally transformed grappler in the second round, taking eight consecutive points to send the sizable number of Indian fans in the stands into wild delirium.Sakshi’s medal capped another day of heartbreaks for India including an unfortunate injury to Vinesh in the women’s 48kg Freestyle category that forced her out of the competition.MEDAL AGAINST ALL ODDS”To those who told me I am a girl and I could not wrestle, I want to say please show some trust in girls, they can do everything,” she said.Later, at an impromptu press conference, Sakshi was asked if she was still feeling the pain from the battering during the match. “After the medal all the pain has gone. If I had missed the medal, all the aches would have shown up,” she said beaming.”I was confident till the end that the medal was there and I told myself, you have to fight. That’s why I attacked again and again succeeding after a lot of effort,” she said, adding that the medal was dedicated to “every person who helped me along, my parents, my coaches and my training partners.”She said she was disturbed and her mind got diverted when Vinesh, her wrestling colleague, was injured in another bout and had to be carried away on a stretcher. “But then I thought I must redouble my efforts to get a medal which she would also have got.”IN ELITE COMPANYShe broke out in applause “yayyyyy,” when someone told her that her name would now be taken in the same breath as Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar, the earlier bronze medal winners.”When I used to see them I was in awe how I would be able to even train with them. My idols have been men like Sushil Kumar who paved the way for our success,” she said.The Indian chief coach, Kuldeep Singh, said that the bronze medal match was the best one because she showed her true value by coming back from a very low point. Sakshi was trailing 0-5 in the first period before fighting her way back into the bout in the second period.”During the break we explained to her the mistakes she was making. The opponent was placing the weight of her body on Sakshi without moving her legs. So we advised that Sakshi should divert her weight and attack her,” he said.last_img read more

Don’t think current Indian side is better than ones I played against: Steve Waugh

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is any better than some of the sides that he played against during his days as claimed by Ravi Shastri. Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”. “Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview. He understood that Shastri wanted to boost the morale of his team but he felt that sweeping comments could have been avoided. “I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it’s good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself,” Waugh said. The former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat in their own den. “Australia will be hard to beat in Australia. We have a bowling attack as good as any team in world cricket and we can take wickets. It’s our batting if we score 350 runs in first innings, I think we will be very hard to beat. And someone will always come and do well and that’s the nature of the sport.advertisement “I am still pretty confident that we can win in Australia but it’s going to be a close series though,” Waugh said about the Test series starting December 6. Like everyone else, he praised Virat Kohli for his supreme consistency comparing him with Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar. “He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen. “Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added. PTI KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

India cricketers to be now tested by National Anti-Doping Agency

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will now come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). This means India’s cricketers will now be tested by NADA.Up and coming India batsman Prithvi Shaw was recently suspended till November 15 after his urine sample tested positive for the substance Terbutaline.A BCCI press release said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”But Shaw’s ban was backdated to March 16 even though he played for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League till May 8.For long, BCCI has avoided using NADA to test its cricketers because the Indian cricket board is not very impressed with the efficinceies of the National Anti-Doping Agency. The BCCI had been vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation and does not rely on government funding.”If we would have been happy with NADA’s performance then BCCI would not have had an issue,” BCCI anti-doping manager Abhijit Salvi had told news agency AFP.”I am sure you have read reports as well about NADA’s inefficiencies.”However, Sports Secretary RS Julaniya said the BCCI now does have the discretion to say no: “BCCI does not have discretion to say no. All are same, everyone has to follow the same rules””The BCCI raised three issues before us about the quality of the dope testing kits, competence of pathologists and sample collection. We assured them that whatever facilities they want, we will provide but there will be some charge for it. But that higher facility will be equal for all NSFs. BCCI is no different from others. They have to follow the law of the land,” Jhulaniya was quoted as saying by PTI.advertisement”The BCCI will agree to the law of the land,” said Johri, adding, “We have raised quite a few issues which the sports Secretary said will be addressed by them. We have agreed to bear the differential cost of high quality testing.”Also Read | BCCI agrees to work with National Anti-Doping Agency for next 6 monthsAlso Read | BCCI’s timeline of Prithvi Shaw’s doping caseAlso Seelast_img read more

Mike Gundy Says OSU Is 7-1, Wants Attorney To Fix CMU Game

first_imgA 6-2 Oklahoma State team heads to Manhattan this weekend for a tilt against a 5-3 Kansas State team. Or so the headlines read. Mike Gundy disagrees with the first part of that. He said so after OSU’s win over West Virginia on Saturday.Gundy on loss to Central Michigan: “Can somebody get that fixed? With all the attorneys in the country, can somebody please get that fixed?”— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) October 29, 2016And he addressed OSU’s loss to Central Michigan earlier in the year more boldly on Monday in his weekly press conference.“In my opinion, our conference should take charge and stick up for us and say, ‘You know what? We’re going to get this right,’” Gundy said according to the O’Colly of Oklahoma State’s “loss” over Central Michigan. “Or there’s gotta be some lawyer out there who’s willing to make a name for himself. He ought to be all over it for a flat fee.“If I don’t try to do what’s right for my players, I wouldn’t want to play for me,” Gundy added. “They can’t do anything. I don’t have a law degree so I can’t do anything. I got a C in political science.“It’s the best I can do, but in the end, they should just give both teams the win, and the officials or whoever’s in charge should say, ‘It’s a massive screw-up,’ and give both teams the win. I don’t think that taking it away from Central Michigan is the answer, but it’s a win-win.”I have no doubt about the C in poli-sci, but I also am not totally sure of the motivation here. I get the “my players wouldn’t want to play for me if I don’t do ’em right” thing, but isn’t this in the past? Shouldn’t we bury the thing and move on?Or does Gundy think OSU has an outside chance at the CFB Playoff if it wins out and wants that black removed from the Pokes’ record? I think no matter what the record says at this point the CFB Playoff committee (if we’re even discussing this) is going to see it the same way. That is to say, I’m not totally sure why we’re still talking about this other than to say that I’m all for it.Gundy Badger Gundy is the greatest version of Gundy, and talking about a faux loss to a MAC team from nearly two months ago is about as Gundy Badger as it gets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Restrictions eased in most areas of Kashmir markets still shut

first_imgSrinagar: Restrictions were eased in most areas of Kashmir with barricades being lifted and the movement of people and traffic increasing gradually, but markets remained shut and mobile and internet services suspended for the 18th day on Thursday. Officials said the situation was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday. In view of the improving situation, the movement of people and traffic was slowly increasing in the city and other district headquarters of the Valley, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Public transport stayed off the roads, but a few inter-district cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in some areas. The attendance of teachers in schools up to middle class-level and employees in government offices was also improving. However, most students stayed away due to the prevailing situation, they added. The government ordered the reopening of primary schools across the Valley from Monday and middle schools from Wednesday. The officials said restrictions have been eased in several areas of Kashmir, including in most parts of Srinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBarricades have been removed from uptown and civil lines areas of the city as well as from most areas in other districts. However, the deployment of security forces continues to avoid any law and order problems, they said. The officials said markets were shut in most places in the Valley, as they have been since August 5 when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Shops and other business establishments remain shut though there is no strike call by any separatist group or other organisation. Mobile services and internet remain suspended, the officials said, adding that landline telephone services have been restored at most places. However, they continue to be suspended in several areas, including in Srinagar’s commercial hub of Lal Chowk and Press Enclave.last_img read more

Isro will realise national dream Modi on Chandrayaan2 setback

first_imgMumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the Isro scientists will be undeterred by the setback on the Chandrayaan-2 mission, and asserted the nation will achieve its goal of reaching the moon.Modi was speaking hours after the Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission lost communication contact with the ground centre in the wee hours of Saturday in Bengaluru, a moment he personally witnessed.He said the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists have a very strong spirit of working and will not rest till the objective is met. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The dream of reaching the moon will be accomplished Isro and those working with it won’t stop, get tired or sit down,” Modi said, speaking at an event in the financial capital later in the day.Modi said the scientists are not the naysayers who shy away from challenges or chicken out at the first sight of difficulty. They pursue their goals hard and keep trying till the objective is met.The prime minister said the orbiter is still hovering the moon and termed it as a historic achievement in itself. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAddressing a public gathering here, he invoked the famous ‘Mumbai Spirit’ that helps the megapolis face any setbacks, and said the Isro scientists have a similar spirit.Earlier in the day, Modi had addressed scientists at the Isro control centre in Bengaluru, and told them not to get disheartened by the hurdles in the moon mission and asserted that there will be a “new dawn and a better tomorrow”.”We came very close but we need to cover more ground in the times to come. Learnings from today will make us stronger and better. The nation is proud of our space programme and our scientists. The best is yet to come in our space programme. There are new frontiers to discover and new places to go. The whole nation is with you,” Modi told the crestfallen scientists. Isro’s plan to soft land the Vikram module on the south pole of the lunar surface-the first nation ever to make such an attempt–did not go as per script in the early hours of Saturday, with the lander losing communication with ground stations during its final descent.Modi delivered a message of optimism, solidarity and hope to the scientists in an address, which was broadcast live, hours after the Isro announced that it had lost communication with the lander.last_img read more

No violence walk

Just what is “appropriate dress” and who has the right to make decisions about what other people wear?That was the issue in a Montreal high school earlier this week, but it’s only part of a larger debate that spilled out onto the streets of Hamilton this afternoon.It’s becoming an issue that’s getting more and more attention, and it’s hit some sensitive nerves in some quarters.In Montreal earlier this week, school administrators pulled Lindsey Stocker out of her grade eleven class and told her she had to change her clothes or face suspension.Her shorts, they said, were too short.Lindsey countered that the administration shouldn’t be worrying about the length of her shorts, they should be worrying about the culture and attitude. That makes her clothing an issue.So, she made 200 posters and posted them in and around her high school to explain her point of view. Teachers quickly took them down — and, yes, she was suspended.But in hamilton today, Lindsey certainly found some kindred support as members of a local coalition of groups staged a rally and march to protest the action known as “slut shaming.”They say the issue isn’t clothing — or what women wear — but the attitude and reaction of those who believe that a certain style of dress is an open invitation to rape.Nikki Wilson is one of the organizers of the rally and a former victim of abuse. She says sexual assault has nothing to do with sex, but an issue of power and control. She believes we need to talk more about those issues to put an end to what these protesters call “victim shaming” and “rape culture.” read more

JPMorgan Chase to pay 264 million in Chinese bribery case

by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2016 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, shows the Chase bank logo in New York. On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co., agreed to pay $264.4 million in fines to federal authorities to settle charges that it hired friends and relatives of Chinese officials in order to gain access to banking deals in that country. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) JPMorgan Chase to pay $264 million in Chinese bribery case NEW YORK, N.Y. – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $264.4 million in fines to federal authorities to settle charges that it hired friends and relatives of Chinese officials in order to gain access to banking deals in that country.JPMorgan’s Asia affiliate allegedly created a quid pro quo program that would hire the children and friends of high-ranking Chinese officials, regardless of the person’s qualifications, in order to gain favour and win banking deals.“Awarding prestigious employment opportunities to unqualified individuals in order to influence government officials is corruption, plain and simple,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in prepared remarks.The United States has one of the strictest bribery laws in the world, known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, where it effectively bans U.S. companies from paying foreign government officials to obtain or retain business. While JPMorgan did not pay Chinese officials directly, federal authorities said the hiring of unqualified persons related to Chinese officials was effectively the same thing. The only candidates who would fall under this program had to have a “directly attributable linked to business opportunity” to be considered for hiring. The Department of Justice estimates the Asia affiliate of JPMorgan earned at least $35 million in profits from Chinese state-owned companies.Caldwell called the JPMorgan program, which was called the “Sons and Daughters Program,” was “nothing more than bribery by another name.”Despite those strong words, the bank will avoid criminal bribery charges as part of the deal reached with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators. The bank reached what’s known as a non-prosecution agreement over the allegations.The Justice Department said it agreed to the non-prosecution agreement due in part to JPMorgan’s own co-operation in the case, where the bank undertook an internal investigation and fired six employees tied to the program and disciplined another 23 employees for their involvement.“We’re pleased that our co-operation was acknowledged in resolving these investigations,” said JPMorgan spokesman Brian Marchiony in a statement. “The conduct was unacceptable. We stopped the hiring program in 2013 and took action against the individuals involved.”According to the terms of the deal, JPMorgan has agreed to pay $72 million to the Department of Justice as well as $130.5 million in penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission. It will also pay $61.9 million to the Federal Reserve in civil penalties, making it combined $264.4 million.___Ken Sweet covers banks and consumer financial issues for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet. read more

Central African Republic amid ongoing violence UN rights chief urges accountability

“I remind all leaders in key positions, whether they belong to anti-Balaka, ex-Séléka or the former army, FACA, that they have clear obligations under international law,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. “They have a responsibility to refrain from committing, ordering, inciting or instigating violations of international law and to prevent subordinates from committing such violations.”“People who commit serious human rights violations after receiving instructions, directions and orders may also have direct individual criminal responsibility for their actions and omissions,” Ms. Pillay noted, adding that some offenses may amount to ‘crimes against humanity.’ Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.“Although a few groups of ex-Séléka in civilian clothes continue to target Christian civilians in Bangui, most of the ongoing human rights violations are being committed by anti-Balaka elements, which appear to be growing more organized by the day,” the High Commissioner noted. Anti-Balaka elements are deliberately targeting the Muslim population of the capital in attacks they sometimes refer to as “clean-up operations,” which are widespread and include killings, rapes, plundering and the destruction of Muslim homes.“The level of cruelty and disregard for life and dignity is horrifying, with public mutilation of bodies, amputation of body parts and genitals, beheadings and at least one case of cannibalism, spreading further terror among the Muslim population,” Ms. Pillay said.She also expressed concern about hate speech against Muslims broadcast on TV by anti-Balaka, and strongly condemned public statements by some members of the National Transitional Council to the Parliament instigating inter-communal violence.The overall situation in Bangui seems “slightly calmer,” the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) said, there are reports of more killings and the situation outside of the capital is “evolving dangerously.”After their retreat from the Southern and Western parts of the country, she said, ex-Séléka forces are now regrouping in their traditional stronghold in the north, notably in the regions of Vakaga, Batafango and Kaga Bandoro. “This move is provoking a renewed cycle of violence as they employ scorched earth tactics, destroying villages, burning tools and seeds, and killing civilians on their way,” said Ms. Pillay.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos in in Bangui today on a joint mission with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and other officials from the UN and the African Union, but fighting in the north has reportedly limited their ability to travel around the country.“I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation in CAR. The country has plunged into chaos and deadly violence following months of political crisis and lawlessness,” Ms. Amos said. “We need more troops on the ground to provide security and protection to all civilians across the country.”The UN last week allocated an additional $10 million from its emergency humanitarian fund to support the most critical relief operations in the country, the second such allocation in about two months from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). A total of $207 million in humanitarian funding to the CAR was pledged by donors at a special meeting held last month in Brussels. Around 30 per cent of the pledges have been committed or disbursed. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the $551 million Strategic Response Plan for CAR was just 13 per cent funded as of last week.“There is no longer a fine line between living and dying in the Central African Republic. People are dying – we are on the brink of a health catastrophe,” said Mr. Sidibé. “If we do not act now, a generation will be gone forever – under our watch. This is not acceptable.”The visiting delegation is due to meet with Christian and Muslim communities and visit a site for internally displaced persons in Bossangoa in the north-west. Earlier, Ms. Amos and Mr. Sidibé met separately with the country’s President of the Transitional Government, Catherine Samba-Panza, and Christian and Muslim leaders, who said reconciliation was essential and that so far the root causes of the crisis had not been tackled.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to brief the Security Council tomorrow on the current situation in the country. read more

Khris Davis Isnt Batting 247 😱

Past 572 at bats, .247 becomes possible at three of every four numbers. So last year’s quest got quite a bit easier on Sept. 29 when Davis hit at-bat number 572, a career high. The odds of Davis ending the past four seasons with a .247 batting average even with the perfect number of hits are still just 9.4 percent.Put another way: Davis finished 2018 with 576 at- bats. If he had gone to the plate just one more time and gotten a hit, he would have finished with a .248 average. If he had made an out, he would have been at .246.1A walk would have left it the same, of course. Davis was pulled in the sixth inning of the season’s final game, by the way.The chase for .247 isn’t impossible, but it is mathematically very unlikely. Of course, it was also unlikely the past four seasons. The powers of rounding and opposing pitchers haven’t stopped Davis before. We believe in you, Khris.Check out our latest MLB predictions. The most amazing active streak in baseball might be the most unlikely streak in history.I’m talking, of course, about Khris Davis’s batting average. Davis has hit exactly (or, more precisely, rounded to) .247 for not one, not two, not even three but four straight seasons, from 2015 through 2018.This year appears to be different. Davis is currently hitting .230, and while there’s still a long way to go this season, .230 is not close to .247. Baseball appears to be broken.Assuming he stays healthy the rest of the year and plays in roughly the same amount that he did in 2018, Davis needs to hit .282 for the rest of the year to continue the streak. That’s certainly not impossible.Davis also should be hitting closer to .247 based on some of his advanced metrics: He has a higher average than he did last year on balls in play (.274 to .261) and a lower strikeout rate (26.3 percent to 26.8 percent). With those components improving, we’d expect Davis to have a better batting average. Statcast metrics tell a similar story. Davis is seeing roughly the same pitches to previous seasons and swinging and making contact about as often. The difference isn’t seeing better pitchers.One clear difference with Davis — in addition to his inexplicably non-.247 average — seems to be his power. Davis has hit just 17 home runs in 2019. He finished last year with 48, and at this point in the year he had hit 32.Likewise, his hard-hit rate and average launch angle have plummeted. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a pair of injuries may be limiting him, and Davis said he’s been choking up, possibly leading to weaker hits.Some of the difference, as is often the case in baseball, is luck. Davis has made 24 outs this year on balls in play with an expected hit probability (based on launch angle and exit velocity) of over 50 percent. This particular lineout had a .797 expected batting average, or a nearly 80 percent chance of landing for a hit:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Overall, according to Statcast, Davis has an expected batting average of .242 based on all his batted balls. With slightly better luck, Davis could be right where he’s been the last four years.It’s worth remembering how fickle batting average can be. The difference between Davis’s batting average from this year and last year is just six missing hits, which says a lot more about batting average than it does Khris Davis. It also suggests that the decline in homers alone might be keeping him out of .247 range.To reach the fabled average, Davis needs a hot finish to the season — and, fortunately, he’s had even better hot streaks before in his career. Last year, from June 29 to Aug. 23, he hit .316 in 177 at-bats with 19 home runs over 46 games. Davis will have about as many at-bats for the rest of the year, and he doesn’t need as many hits. If the power comes back, it’s easy to imagine a similar stretch.Besides opposing pitchers, another enemy threatens Davis’s batting average streak: rounding.Let’s say Davis finishes the season with 520 at-bats, a reasonable number based on his playing time. If he has 128 hits in those at-bats, his average rounds to .246. With one more hit, though, it would increase to .248. There’s a decent chance that Davis has no mathematical chance of repeating his .247 average.The odds of having a number of at-bats for which a .247 average is impossible are close to 50-50. If Davis finishes with a number of at-bats between 500 and 571 that is two or three more than a multiple of four, he can hit .247. Otherwise, he cannot. read more

Mens basketball Keita BatesDiops injury could have been worse now ahead of

Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop talks to the media on Feb. 23 for the first time since his surgery on his left shin. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorNot much has gone right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this year, making it all the more difficult for sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop as he goes through rehabilitation after surgery on his left shin.The Buckeyes lost arguably their most dynamic player following a 76-75 loss to Purdue on Jan. 5. Bates-Diop sat out that game and coach Thad Matta informed the media in the postgame press conference that the forward would redshirt and be out for the year. Since that game, Bates-Diop has had surgery and his recovery is ahead of schedule.But the injury could have been devastating.“It was getting close to what could’ve been a compound fracture, which — Kevin Ware, Paul George — that’s what would’ve happened,” Bates-Diop said. “Don’t know when it would’ve happened, but if I would’ve kept playing, it was a possibility. It was already decided I wasn’t playing, but when they said that, there was no chance I was coming back.”The 6-foot-7 forward from Normal, Illinois, had been dealing with the injury since the summer when another player made hard contact with his shin. He came back and still wasn’t 100 percent, so the team mandated that he receive X-rays. “(The coaches) could tell something was wrong,” Bates-Diop said. “I wasn’t playing like myself. I was playing at a high level in the summer, until I did something wrong.” Bates-Diop then suffered a right ankle injury against Providence on Nov. 11. He missed five games with that injury, but it wasn’t until December that his shin began bothering him again. Bates-Diop recalled stopping abruptly versus Youngstown State on Dec. 20 when he felt a pain shoot through his leg. From then on, his injury didn’t progress any and he was shut down for the season.Through the season Bates-Diop said he was near full health. He admitted on Thursday that wasn’t the case.“I told you guys that I was close to being 100 percent. I was not,” he said. “I lied. I was never 100 percent. I was never close.”Bates-Diop said that he had a rod placed in his left leg from just below the kneecap down to just above the ankle. He has two screws in his leg, one in each spot to anchor the rod. He said that the one near his ankle will likely be taken out. He was supposed to be on crutches for two to three weeks but was only on them for one week.As far as conditioning and lifting is concerned, Bates-Diop is working on upper-body strength, so by the time summer rolls around he can jump into skill drills.On top of all that, two weeks ago, Bates-Diop’s brother collapsed during practice and was transported to the hospital, causing the Buckeye to head home. His brother was discharged from the hospital days later and Bates-Diop said his brother returned to school Thursday for the first time.While that was going on, OSU has fallen to 15-13 and 5-10 in the Big Ten before it plays No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Bates-Diop said one of the most difficult aspects of his injury is knowing he can’t contribute to a team who’s struggling mightily. “It’s been very hard,” he said. “Just dealing with everything I’ve been personally through and then the team. It’s been a rough few months … since New Years.”Bates-Diop was averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds before the injury. He said that he has taken a new role on the sidelines and has a new perspective outside the game that other players don’t have — something he’s hoping to carry over to next year.“I think mental preparation toward the game. I was playing at a high level. I can get that back,” he said. “But looking from the outside in, now I can change my mentality from the game. All that stuff I can teach these guys, especially the younger guys on what to do and what not to do.” read more

Remains of Star Trek stars Arthur C Clarke to be shot into

first_imgSome sci-fi legends will be receiving a posthumous ceremony befitting of the genre in which they’re legends. Some of the remains of Arthur C. Clarke, creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, will be launched into space.If you’re into morbid details, the types of remains will be some of Clarke’s hair, the ashes of Roddenberry and his wife, as well as the ashes of Doohan. A space-faring company, Celestis, will be the metaphorical wings on which the ashes will be flown.The company has some experience with shooting ashes into space, as it has been performing the task for the past 16 years. The ashes will be aboard the solar sail when NASA attempts to launch it in 2014, and it will be using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for the mission.Roddenberry’s wife, Majel, is also an iconic Star Trek figure, as she provided the voice for a majority of the onboard computers throughout the Star Trek series, as well as acted in both the original show as Nurse Christine Chapel, and played Lwaxana Troi on both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.Out of the people’s remains, Gene’s will be the only remains that have already been to space, as Celestis left some up there back in 1997, six years after he died. So, the remains won’t exactly be deposited where no man has been deposited before. Perhaps there is also a “Beam me up, Celestis” quip to be made.last_img read more

Hadopi LAutorité se félicite du recul du téléchargement illégal

first_imgHadopi : L’Autorité se félicite du recul du téléchargement illégalUn an et demi après sa mise en place, la Haute Autorité chargée de la lutte contre le téléchargement illégal dresse un bilan très optimiste. La Hadopi affirme observer un net recul du téléchargement en peer-to-peer (P2P), et une meilleure visibilité des offres légales.17 mois après l’envoi de son premier mail d’avertissement, la Hadopi se félicite de son bilan. Dans un communiqué, la Haute Autorité affirme constater “de réels effets sur le téléchargement illégal en P2P”, des réseaux qui permettent aux ordinateurs d’échanger des données. 95% des personnes ayant reçu un premier mail d’avertissement auraient cessé de télécharger. Ils sont 92% à avoir arrêté après une deuxième alerte, et 98% après la troisième recommandation, indique ce bilan.À lire aussiHadopi : le budget revu à la baisse ?Quant à la migration des internautes vers les sites de streaming, la Hadopi tente de la minimiser. “Rien ne permet d’affirmer qu’il y a eu un report massif des usages vers les technologies de streaming ou de téléchargement direct” indique-t-elle avant de souligner qu’il “est encore trop tôt pour évaluer les conséquences de la fermeture de MégaUpload intervenue en janvier 2012”.L’autorité chargée de lutter contre le téléchargement illégal via une riposte graduée, se félicite également du développement des offres légales et de la plus grande visibilité qui leur est offerte. “La diversité des offres légales gagne en visibilité et certaines offres présentent de belles progressions. La labellisation des offres ouvre de nouvelles opportunités et répond à un besoin” affirme la Hadopi. Les efforts en ce sens doivent  être poursuivis, souligne-t-elle, évoquant le “fortpotentieldedéveloppement” des offres légales, “quiappelle, selon elle à un travail en profondeur largement engagé, et le recours à l’innovation”.Le 28 mars 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shootout suspect leaves hospital enters jail

first_imgAn alleged robber who exchanged gunfire with a Vancouver man who police say had marijuana plants in his home last week was released from a hospital Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Clark County Jail on a string of felony allegations.Chuck Slanaker, 30, was being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and illegally possessing a firearm, a jail spokesman said. Slanaker is to make a first court appearance this morning.The target of the alleged robbery, Rickie Landacre, 58, who lives on Northeast 131st Avenue in the Fircrest neighborhood, also was shot and hospitalized, Vancouver police said. A check of four major hospitals in the Vancouver-Portland area indicated that Landacre was not a patient at any of them Tuesday night. Landacre’s gunshot wounds were never described as life-threatening.The case surfaced very early on the morning of Nov. 3 when police and paramedics were called to Landacre’s home. Landacre, suffering from gunshot wounds, told police that he met a woman and brought her back to his house earlier in the evening.Shortly after the woman left, at about 4 a.m., a man Landacre didn’t know came to the door displaying a gun and shot him, according to police. Landacre grabbed a nearby handgun and fired back, hitting Slanaker multiple times. Slanaker’s injuries were described as life-threatening at the time.last_img read more

Religious groups talk homelessness

first_imgClark County’s communities of faith are invited to a conversation about homelessness in our community.The event is called “Community of Faith Summit: Responding to the Challenges of Homeless Children, Families and Individuals in Clark County.” It’s set for 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.Attendees will hear about the new Council for the Homeless Assessment Center, which can help volunteers better help the homeless; learn how congregations can help and consider the faith community’s role in ending homelessness; and connect with local resources.Registration is required. Call 360-699-5106 ext. 103, or email

Sep7imo Día RecordBreaking New Cirque Du Soleil Shows US Tour

first_imgSep7imo Día, as the production is titled, has been smashing box office records throughout Latin America since opening in Argentina last March, where it was seen by over 530,000 people during a run of fewer than one hundred performances.Capitalizing on that success, Cirque du Soleil has now announced that it will be bringing the show stateside for a pair of production runs in Miami and Los Angeles starting in spring 2018.The massive production includes over one hundred performers and technicians, with twenty trucks needed to haul costumes, props, equipment, and the set pieces required to build the custom-crafted stage.Along with the forthcoming U.S. tour stops, the traveling production has also booked new dates in Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Paraguay.Specific show dates and ticket prices have yet to be announced, but more information on the upcoming shows can be found on Cirque du Soliel’s website.L.A. Declares Nov. 10 “Morrissey Day” Ahead Of Hollywood Bowl Shows Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Sep7imo Día’ Set For U.S. Tour sep7imo-d%C3%ADa-record-breaking-new-cirque-du-soleil-shows-us-tour The hugely successful theatrical production is headed to Miami and Los Angeles in 2018Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 5:25 pm In the tradition of Cirque du Soliel’s hit musical adaptation success stories The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, and Viva ELVIS, the Canadian theater company’s newest program, based on the music of Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo, has been grabbing attention around the world. ‘Sep7imo Día’: Record-Breaking New Cirque Du Soleil Show’s U.S. Tour Twitter center_img News Facebook Email last_img read more

New Regulations Unlikely To Change Coal Ash Disposal In Alaska

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency recently issued the first ever federal standards for the disposal of coal ash by electric utilities. The toxin containing ash has gotten national attention in recent years due to spills in the Lower 48, but the situation is different in Alaska. Download Audiolast_img