Twitter/@aggiefblifeA year ago, former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was a first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns after a stellar college career. Things haven’t gone very well for Johnny Football since, but Texas A&M’s @AggieFBLife Twitter account still used the Heisman winner in a tweet promoting the upcoming 2015 draft. Sign with Texas A&M: ✔️ Win a Heisman: ✔️ Get drafted in the 1st Round: ✔️ #WHOSNEXT pic.twitter.com/HfgOh2fxja— AggieFBLife (@aggiefblife) April 29, 2015As you can imagine, fans of Texas and other rival schools had a lot of fun with this ‘checklist,’ and trolled A&M and Manziel in response.Signs with A&M ✔ plays for 0 titles ✔ goes to 0 bcs bowls ✔ wins the chik-fil-a bowl ✔ https://t.co/RKR4zHfoZu— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife @chrisgb00 2nd string ✔️go to rehab✔️— Connor Nelson (@ConnorN22231016) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife Get Kicked Out of Manning Camp. Hang out at Rival School & party. Can’t wait to Leave A&M. #WHOSNEXT— joe villa (@mikeejoe) April 29, 2015 @aggiefblife @JManziel2 @CoachSumlin Really?No Championships, soft nonconf schedule, bttm SEC-W, arrests, rehab stints. #fireSumlin.— III & Company (@IIIandCompany) April 29, 2015So…that didn’t go quite as planned for Texas A&M. Reports that Cleveland may trade up to No. 2 to take Marcus Mariota haven’t helped matters in the Manziel Camp either.[Sporting News]
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The state of emergency applies to the entire province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.During the 2017 wildfire season, the Province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks, from July 7th to September 15th. The previous provincial state of emergency before the 2017 wildfire season was issued in August 2003.“Public safety is always our first priority and, as wildfire activity is expected to increase, this is a progressive step in our wildfire response to make sure British Columbia has access to any and all resources necessary,” Farnworth said. “Taking this step will further ensure we can protect the public, property and infrastructure, and assist with firefighting efforts.”As of yesterday, there were 566 wildfires burning in B.C., with 29 evacuation orders affecting approximately 3,050 people, in addition to 48 evacuation alerts impacting approximately 18,720 people.The Province says that the extended weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions, with a risk of thunderstorms in some parts of the province.Currently, more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made the declaration at 8:30 Wednesday morning based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management officials.The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once issued, and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The federal government has responded to and accepted British Columbia’s request for assistance. In the coming days, federal personnel and resources will be arriving in B.C. to assist with wildfire efforts.“Given the unpredictable behaviour of wildfires and the number of significant wildfires in all areas of the province, we’re bringing in the additional resources we need to keep people and communities as safe as possible,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We’re asking British Columbians to do their part and follow burning bans and restrictions to prevent human-caused fires.”The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Emergency Management BC, the fire commissioner and the RCMP, the authority to take every action necessary to fight the wildfires and protect people and communities.
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) avoids a group of defenders during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the briefest of moments, coach Urban Meyer wasn’t sure what the future held for his starting quarterback, Braxton Miller.Miller was at the end of his junior season and potentially off to the NFL, leaving Meyer in search of a new starter.But that feeling of uncertainty didn’t last.“It wasn’t very long … Braxton and I have a very good relationship,” Meyer said Feb. 5 at National Signing Day. “We waited until after the (Orange Bowl). And I told him my opinion that he could become a very high draft pick if he continues to improve, and he said, ‘That’s what I thought.’ It wasn’t much more than that. We met together as a family. Had a very positive conversation and made the decision. Never at one time (did he) say, ‘What should I do?’ Because I wouldn’t tell him. That’s their business. But I gave my opinion as far as how much he could grow as a quarterback.”Miller didn’t have the same hesitation as his coach, and was confident he would come back.“I always knew I was going to eventually make that decision and I was going to come back,” Miller said Wednesday.The junior quarterback said his decision was easy because he still had things he needed to do for OSU.“Getting a degree, things like that,” Miller said. “You want to accomplish things that you didn’t accomplish in your first three years so I felt like I left little things on the field … it’s a lot of things I think about and that’s why I wanted to come back.”Miller announced his decision to return to Ohio State for his senior season Jan. 9 after compiling a 28-8 record in his first three seasons at the helm for the Buckeyes.The two-time defending Big Ten offensive player of the year, Miller’s versatility as a player isn’t lost on anybody involved with OSU football.“To replace a dynamic (player) like a Braxton Miller, what he can do with the football, with his feet, it’s thinning the play, those are all kinds of things that are not coached,” running backs coach Stan Drayton said Feb. 5. “A lot of what he does is not coached. That would have been devastating. Not to say that we would not have survived the moment … What he brings to the table is something special, and it would have been dearly missed.”Miller heads into the 2014 season as OSU’s eighth all-time leader in rushing yards, and he needs 715 yards to pass Eddie George and take over the second spot on that list. Coincidentally, Miller amassed exactly that many yards on the ground in 2011, the least productive rushing season he has had as a Buckeye.As long as Miller does not seriously regress as a ball carrier next season, eclipsing George’s career total of 3,768 yards should be an attainable feat.He is also eighth all-time on the career passing yardage list. If Miller can accomplish his third consecutive year of passing for at least 2,000 yards, he would surpass Bobby Hoying for second place and would be within striking distance of Art Schlichter’s record of 7,547 yards.Although the offense does return five starters — Miller, sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker, junior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, and junior tight end Jeff Heuerman — it loses four starting linemen, something that could play a big role in determining Miller’s success next season.“Now, Braxton Miller also did those things behind four veteran offensive linemen,” Drayton said. “To me, that’s the issue that we think about in that war room there, is how we put five guys in front of him where he can feel comfortable. We know he’s going to continue to develop and mature in his growth toward the game. However, we’ve got to put some guys around him where he’s feeling comfortable.”One of the biggest beneficiaries of Miller’s decision to stay in school is the corps of Buckeye wide receivers. During his career at OSU, Miller has attempted 668 passes, while all other quarterbacks on the current roster have a combined two attempts.Even though the receivers would have been fine no matter who was under center, wide receivers coach Zach Smith said having Miller’s experience returning is a big boost for the unit.“It’s huge. Braxton’s a great player and my guys love Braxton taking the snap,” Zach Smith said. “We’re confident with whoever the quarterback is but having a guy like Braxton that, one, is as talented a quarterback I’ve ever seen and two, if a play’s not there — my guy isn’t open, whatever it is — he can keep a play alive. The number of big plays that come from Braxton Miller’s feet and throwing the ball in a scramble situation … my guys love that.”Herman added that although a lot of what Miller brings back is positive it isn’t all going to be easy for the quarterback.“As improved as he got on the mental side of play of quarterback he can still get a whole lot better,” Herman said Wednesday. “He can make the same leap this year and still have work to do. So just the confidence, the studying of the game, studying of defenses and studying of our plays now that we’ve done kind of the same thing two years in a row.”Miller is set to get his next crack at the field Aug. 30 when OSU is scheduled to play Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Urban Meyer watches the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin from the sidelines in the third quarter. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFive-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman had been Ohio State’s No. 1 target for months. He was the top-ranked player at a position of need and the top player in Ohio.In the end, Urban Meyer and his staff couldn’t seal the deal, and Carman ditched home for another top program — Clemson.Carman, along with defensive end Brenton Cox, safety Jaiden Woodbey and quarterback Emory Jones all left Ohio State for other programs in the final two weeks leading up to Wednesday’s decision date, leaving Meyer without even more transcendent talent than the 20 players that signed to his class Wednesday.On paper, the 2018 class is perhaps Meyer’s best ever as a head coach. However, it should not be overlooked. For a time, Ohio State had four five-star recruits with a chance at five. It ended Wednesday with two, while conference rival Penn State added its third.Carman wasn’t committed to Ohio State at any point in time like Cox, Woodbey and Jones. But it’s expected that the Buckeyes should land the top prospect in Ohio every year. Since Meyer arrived in Columbus, he has landed the top recruit in the state of Ohio every year with the exception of 2016 when five-star offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer went to Notre Dame. As for the other three, it’s difficult for a program to keep players who further from the school committed for a long time, when top programs close to home are knocking on the door.Woodbey, a five-star safety from California, committed in February, but flipped and signed with Florida State Wednesday. Cox, a five-star strong-side defensive end from Georgia, committed to Ohio State in April before decommitting Dec. 6 and signing with the Georgia Bulldogs Wednesday. Jones, a four-star dual-threat quarterback committed to the Buckeyes in July 2016, before flipping and mailing his letter of intent to Florida Wednesday.Those three decommitments in the last two weeks of the early signing period hurt Ohio State and have great implications.The first impact is the optics. Losing three players in less than two weeks, with two being five-stars and another being a highly rated dual-threat quarterback, makes it look as if the coaching staff is losing its touch. That’s probably not the case because Meyer has been an excellent recruiter his entire career and his 2018 class is still ranked as the top class. But given that Penn State landed a five-star Wednesday when Ohio State lost two, that’s added pressure for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff to hold onto prized recruits.Second, Meyer, and quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day had to find a second option to Jones late in the process. Now, they ended with a solid option in three-star Matthew Baldwin from Austin, Texas, who led his team to a state championship game Saturday, but Meyer probably would’ve liked to not rely on flipping a quarterback late to have one for this recruiting class. Baldwin was previously committed to Colorado State.Ohio State’s depth at safety isn’t hurt too much with Woodbey’s departure from the class, but with Cox’s decommitment, Ohio State had to flip three-star Alex Williams from West Virginia just to have one end in the class. Without Carman, it has just one offensive tackle in four-star Max Wray. Both are positions of need.Meyer has already had discussions to play Williams at tight end, so Ohio State would only have three defensive ends for next season, pending a potential commitment from four-star Tyreke Smith. Wray is the fourth offensive tackle on next year’s roster.Ohio State finally beat Alabama in a recruiting class, but it limped to the first finish line Wednesday with key misses that can impact a program for years. That’s something Meyer will have to live with.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah believes they have the quality to win both the Premier League and Champions League this season.Klopp’s men stuttered last season on the League front in their run to the final of the competition in the previous campaign, thereby settling for a fourth spot in the English top flight.However, Salah is confident about Liverpool’s ability to handle both European and domestic commitments over the next few months.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Last season we knocked out Manchester City, then Roma, who had just beaten Barca in the quarter-finals. Each time, they were incredible games,” he told France Football ahead of his side’s Group C opener against Paris Saint-Germain.“We played against teams challenging for the title, and we still managed to reach the final, so of course we can do it again. I’m sure of it. We can even win both, the Champions League and the Premier League. I don’t want us to put pressure on ourselves, but yes, everything is possible.“It’s a good draw with some good teams. PSG have some very good individuals and a great team. I’m looking forward to playing them. I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable and intense encounter.”
Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, roughseasforTCI #MagneticNewsMedia#roughseasforTCI Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 9, 2017 – The water sports and fishing industries are taking a hit in this winter storm moved south into the Caribbean region; guests do not like it and nor do other small craft operators who are being told by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology to stay in port.Gusting to Gale force winds, 25 to 30 knots and large to north to northeasterly swells are in the forecast along with cool temperatures and passing showers. Swells for the next two days will be 12 to 16 feet for the Central, Southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. YahooWeather reports that it will continue to be windy, though the forecast is calling for less rain.Temperatures will remain in the low 70s for the Turks and Caicos Islands with no significant warm up in sight until next week. Provo, is looking at 72 degrees tonight and that is not including the wind chill factor, which will be impacted by winds of up to 31 mph. Grand Turk was with a 55% chance of rain today and its temperatures will be slightly higher but getting to 73 degrees tonight. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you
June 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 28, 2019 BOSTON (AP) — A man who authorities say paid $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit became the 51st person Friday charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.Jeffrey Bizzack, 59, has agreed to plead guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge, federal prosecutors said. He’s the first person to be charged since March, when authorities announced the arrests of dozens of prominent parents and athletic coaches at elite universities across the country.Bizzack’s lawyer said his client “voluntarily came forward to be accountable for his actions and accept responsibility.”“He deeply regrets what he did, and especially the effect it will have on his son. His son knew nothing of Mr. Bizzack’s actions. Mr. Bizzack will do his best to make up for this mistake and apologizes to USC and its hardworking students,” Attorney Seth Berman said in an email.Federal prosecutors say they will recommend nine months in prison.Bizzack, of Solana Beach, California, gave a total of $200,000 to the sham charity run by the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme and sent a $50,000 check to the USC “Galen Center” to have his son designated as a recruit for the volleyball team, authorities said. His son was formally accepted in March 2018.The consultant, Rick Singer, then made monthly payments of $20,000 to USC’s then-senior associate athletic director, Donna Heinel, for her help getting Bizzack’s son and other children of prominent parents into the school.Heinel has pleaded not guilty in the case.Singer began cooperating with investigators last year in the hopes of getting a lighter sentence and helped build the case against the parents. He pleaded guilty in March.Fourteen parents have pleaded guilty to taking part in the scam, which authorities say involved bribing coaches and rigging standardized test scores.They include “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman, who admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone correct the answers on her daughter’s SAT.Parents fighting the charges include “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 to get their daughters into USC as fake crew recruits. They haven’t publicly commented on the allegations.The first person to be sentenced in the case — former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer — avoided prison time . He’s serving two years of supervised release, including six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.____Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at http://www.twitter.com/aedurkinricher AP, AP Solana Beach parent charged in college admission bribery scam
See also 26 Photos Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Intel Mobileye’s autonomous cars in Jerusalem Share your voice More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry 0 CES 2019 Tags Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Intel Autonomous cars are already here, but the “here” is pretty much limited to the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area — and even then only if you happen to be one of the lucky few granted early access to Waymo’s pilot program. Self-drivers will be everywhere eventually, and thanks to a partnership announced today at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, we got a better idea of when we can expect them to be operational in Beijing: 2022. Mobileye, the driver assistance and autonomy startup acquired by Intel in 2017, is partnering with Beijing Public Transport Corporation (BPTC) to deploy the company’s AV Kit there in some shape by 2022. AV Kit is basically an all-encompassing retrofit kit including everything a car needs to be made autonomous, including sensors, software and processing hardware. By combining an AV Kit with an existing car, you can have it up and driving itself. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous This is the second such partnership for Mobileye, the first being with Volkswagen to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in Israel sometime this year. No further details are available, except that cars will operate at Level 4 autonomy, which is to say they’ll still rely on human control in some situations. In other words, even in 2022 we humans won’t be quite obsolete yet. So, maybe put down the sticks and stones.
Tags “The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt — in coastal flooding, heat waves, intense precipitation and ecosystem change,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The report also noted that warming is being felt most in the Arctic, where sea ice continues to melt, raising the sea level.Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Rebooting the Reef: CNET dives deep into how tech can help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Share your voice 2 Comments Culture The last five years have been the hottest on record. NASA; screenshot by CNET Continuing a trend of rising temperatures, 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, according to a climate change report out Wednesday from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The past five years have been the warmest in the modern record, the report said, and 2018’s global temperatures were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0.83 degrees Celsius, above the mean temperatures for 1951-1980.
Tags $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice $999 • See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple University of Plymouth/YouTube Generally when someone says smoothie, I think banana. But two scientists at the University of Plymouth in the UK think a little differently. They think “iPhone”.To encourage greater recycling rates to better appreciate exactly what materials go in to producing the handheld supercomputers we slip into our pockets every day, two geologists at the University of Plymouth have stuck an iPhone into a blender, pulverized it to dust and then chemically analyzed its composition.Smartphones have become so ubiquitous it’s kind of hard to imagine a world without them. We take them for granted. They’re just there. But of course, it takes a whole lot of energy to build one — and plenty of mining.By blending up the iPhone (without the battery!) and mixing it with an oxidizer at around 500 degrees Celsius (approx. 932 degrees Fahrenheit), the researchers were able to find exactly what the iPhone was composed of. They noted a wide range of elements, including the usual suspects of iron, nickel and silicon, but surprisingly they also found around 90 milligrams of silver, 900mg of tungsten and 36mg of gold.”This means that concentration-wise, a phone has 100 times more gold – or 10 times more tungsten – than a mineral resource geologists would call ‘high-grade’,” wrote Alan Williams, the media and communications officer at the University of Plymouth.The team also produced a video of their exploits, where you can see the iPhone getting destroyed by spinning blades. Hooray! See All Comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buy Boost Mobile reading • Scientists pulverize phones to discover what’s inside $999 See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it $999 1 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 “We are now in a climate where people are becoming more socially responsible and interested in the contents of what they are purchasing,” said Colin Wilkins, one of the project’s two geologists, in a press release. “Partly on the back of this, several of the major mobile phone companies have committed to upping their recycling rates.”The two major smartphone manufacturers have certainly begun making their production and recycling processes more eco-friendly. In September 2018, Apple committed to using more recyclables in their iPhones, in addition to moving to renewable energy sources to power their manufacturing. In January, Samsung committed to replacing its plastic packaging with sustainable materials and in its US, Chinese and European facilities it has pledged it will switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Of course, this is not the first time the iPhone has met death by blender. The popular YouTube channel “Will It Blend?” first threw an iPhone into a blender some 12 years ago, racking up an impressive 12 million views. That video, below, grinds the original iPhone down to a fine dust. Notably, the researchers used the same blender to pulverize their own test smartphone, except this time the analysis was a little more refined. Apple iPhone XS If watching a perfectly usable smartphone being smashed to pieces isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll enjoy seeing Jar Jar Binks gets obliterated instead. And if all of this has you wondering about sorting yourself out with a shiny new blender, well CNET has you covered there, too. You can check out our best blender recommendations for 2019. Phones Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X
The year 2015 will see the Narendra Modi government bring in major reforms in micro- and macro-economic sectors, which would reflect in the Sensex and the GDP growth numbers.Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2015/16 would address the reforms needed.In 2014, the Sensex rallied 30%, even as overall economic growth remained rather subdued. A woman speaks on her phone as she walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai.ReutersThe reform push and investments in infrastructure will give a massive fillip to the valuations of companies — ranging from construction, cement and steel to those dealing with housing and finance.Modi emerged onto the national scene in 2014 with a promise to deliver collective growth and has been instrumental in structuring the necessary reforms to act as a base for further reforms.India and the world are looking at Budget 2015 as the harbinger of growth. India has perennially been promising, but has rarely had the chance to deliver on those promises. The budget would also act as an indicator of future growth planning.However, alongside the focus on reforms, another crucial area that needs immediate attention is revenue leak. India struggles to achieve direct and indirect tax targets. The fall in collection of projected revenue exerts severe pressure on the fiscal deficit.Even as Modi government gears up for an improved retail spending, it needs to concentrate on bringing in the section of the population that has historically paid an un-proportionately lower tax.Jaitley has reinforced his commitment to working towards a non-adversarial tax regime, for the corporate sector. Experts expect the bourses to go up by about 15-20%, as the fundamentals get stronger. Since October, the government has gone ahead with reforms on incremental basis; the diesel price deregulation, the auction of coal blocks, etc, with the economic growth remaining muted.The quarters October to December 2014 and current quarter January to March 2015 would see tepid growth numbers, with the momentum unlikely to gain pace on the back of stalled investments, keeping resources locked up. However, the momentum is expected to receive a boost post-Budget, says an HSBC report. ReutersThe bank expects growth to pick up in 2015-16 and 2016-17, fuelled by the revival in investment and increased reforms. It expects the economy to expand by 5.9% in the current quarter.In 2015, the Goods and Services Tax Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, Insurance Bill and the Coal Ordinance will be tabled in the Parliament. The passage of the Bills is critical for the Indian economy. The Winter Session of the Parliament was a complete washout, with the Opposition managing to scuttle the entire session over the reconversion issue.UBS head of India research Gautam Chhaochharia expects 2015 to also be the year where macro- and micro-economic data matters more for the markets. He expects the reforms to be rolled out over the next three- to six-month period, with at least the major ones the market has been banking on, read Economic Times.The Market index acts as an indicator of economic growth, reflecting the economic growth in positive returns, and therefore the stock constituting the index.
Close That would have been a happy outcome for the party. It ‘s always nice to see your cattle fatten themselves on the neighbour’s field while your own sickle (and hammer) hangs lazily from the eave.All eyes will be on Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta on May 23. Will BJP win these two seats and manage to push the CPM or the Congress to the third position in a couple of other seats?If that happens, the backlash would be complete for the Left. The flicker of anger in Pinarayi’s eyes is portentous!(The author is Managing Editor, International Business Times, India. Views are personal) BJP national president Amit Shah joins Jana Raksha Yatra in TrivandrumTwitter@BJP4IndiaKerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan once again treated media persons like dregs. When a journalist asked him about the voter turnout in Wednesday’s polling, the CM shouted him down saying ‘keep away from here’. Why the CM was upset with a question on high voter turnout in Kerala is a no-brainer though.For, the increased polling percentage is the crux of the post-poll analysis in Kerala now.Kerala saw 77.68 percent voting, the highest in 30 years in the Lok Sabha elections. It was nearly 4 percentage points higher than the 2014 turnout of 74 percent. Historically, the Left Front Vijayan leads has suffered badly each time the voter turnout was higher than 75 percent.A UDF upper hand in Kerala in this elections has been factored in, even by the CPI-M cadres. Realistically the party insiders don’t hope to win the 2014 tally of eight seats. Winning as many would be a great win for CPI-M under the circumstances.Therefore, the CM’s angry reaction does signal that the prognosis is worse. For the Left, what’s worse than a UDF landslide is the possibility of BJP winning a few seats in Kerala. The CPI-M kept the BJP at bay for long, paying a heavy price in the process. In 2014 LS elections, the Left front flipped its own cadre votes to the Congress candidate in Thiruvananthapuram in order to keep BJP out of the electoral sweepstakes in the state. That’s a ‘sacrifice’ the Left has done many a time in the past.The barrage breaching? However, it looks like CPI-M and Pinarayi Vijayan fear that this barrage may have been breached this time. What does a BJP win in any of the Kerala seats mean? First and foremost, a BJP win will mean the rejection of the whole political argument the Left built up through the various phases of the Sabarimala agitation.In a worst case scenario, what if the BJP wins a couple of seats and manages to come to an even keel with the Left’s tally? That would be more than a momentary loss of face. The CPI-M will have to re-imagine its voter base. For long it was backed up the majority Hindu demographics. But if BJP has successfully poached into that turf, what’s the Left left with? The UDF has always been a ‘minority front’ that enjoys the support of the sizeable Muslim and Christian population in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a public rally in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir on April 14.The CPI-M loves to believe that, in fighting BJP violently, it’s keeping a fascist party at bay. There’s a narcissistic streak in the party. It loves itself too much to fatally ignore its own fascist stripes. It feigns to be the bulwark against fascism, but ends up as the most fearsome proponent of the politics of bloodshed. All in the name of secularism!What makes the CPI-M hate BJP so violently? Ideology? Yes of course, it’s there. But more than that, the Left sees in the rear view mirror another ‘Hindu party’ racing fast and catching up with them. Shorn of lofty ideologies, it’s a dog fight for the turf and an attractive voter base. This election is a crucial touchstone.A ‘secular’ consolidation that didn’t happen?Sure, the Left in Kerala will not be washed out if the BJP wins an LS seat in Kerala. A couple of seats for the BJP in a spreadsheet dominated by the Left would have been brushed aside happily. Rather it could have been interpreted as the demise of the Congress in Kerala. But what if the Congress-led UDF wins a lion’s share of the seats and the Left and BJP end up with a couple of seats each? That will be the most unpalatable scenario for the party and a daunting challenge for it to deal with in future. It’s not clear if that will happen in Kerala. But Vijayan’s angry outburst betrays some misgivings.CPI-M’s tactical positioning in Sabarimala was dictated by the demands of realpolitik. It was a given that BJP, the national ruling party, was on the ascendancy in Kerala. By taking a stand against faith and conventions in Sabarimala, the Left wanted to create a straight-laced secular Vs communal paradigm. They figured out that while all that’s theirs would remain theirs, all that’s Congress’s would also become theirs. The Left calculated that the majority Hindu voters would desert Congress and join forces with the BJP while the minorities would flock to them in a ‘secular’ consolidation. Two women under 50 enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple
At least 16 people were killed in road accidents in Gopalganj, Sirajganj, Tangail, Rajshahi and Pabna districts on Thursday, says UNB.Six of them were killed in Gopalganj while four in Sirajganj and two each in Tangail, Rajshahi and Pabna.In Gopalganj, a bus rammed a microbus at Gerekhola in Kashiani upazila in the morning, killing six people, including five members of a family.Five of the deceased were identified as Halim Akon, a Saudi expatriate, his wife Asma Khatun, their two sons — Sujon and Shihab — and Halim’s brother-in-law Babul Hawladar, of Sharankhola upazila in Bagerhat district.Saidur Rahman Khan, police super of Gopalganj, said the Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Sheba Greenline Paribahan’ crashed into the microbus coming from the opposite direction around 9:45am, leaving the six microbus passengers dead on the spot.The family met the tragic end of their lives while returning home after receiving Halim, who came to Bangladesh from Saudi Arabia in the morning, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.In Sirajganj, four people, including three members of a family, were killed and two others injured when a bus hammered a microbus on Dhaka-Bogra highway at Ghurka Beltala in Raiganj upazila in the early hours.The deceased were identified as Mili Begum, 35, wife of Harun-or-Rashid, their son Sagar, 13, Mili’s father-in-law Solaiman, 65, of Kahalu upazila, and Abdul Khalek, 32, the microbus driver hailing from Dupchachia upazila of Bogra district.Abdul Gani, a sergeant of Hatikumrul Highway Police, said the Kurigram-bound bus of ‘Dhanshiri Paribahan’ hit the microbus around 12:45am, leaving its four inmates killed on the spot and two others injured.In Tangail, a Jamalpur-bound microbus ran two women over at Pathanbari of Dhanbari upazila in the morning while they were on a morning walk along Madhupur-Jamalpur road, killing them on the spot.The deceased were Reba Begum, 32, wife of Babul Bakul, and Shahaton Begum, 50, wife of Abdul Mazid, of the area.Mujibur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Dhanbari police station, said the microbus driver fled the scene leaving his vehicle behind.In Rajshahi, a young man and his nephew were killed as a truck hit their motorbike on Rajshahi-Dhaka highway at Pollapukur intersection in Puthia upazila at noon.The deceased were Tushar Hossain, 22, son of Abdul Latif, and Shahin Ali, 20, son of Nazmul Islam of Ramchandrapur Kedurmor area of the city.Police said the truck crashed into the bike of Tushar when he along with his nephew Shahin was going to Natore, leaving the duo dead on the spot.In Pabna, two motorcyclists were killed as their bike skidded on the Dashuriya-Muladuli road in Muladuli area of Ishwardi upazila in the afternoon.The deceased were Asharful Islam, 25, son of Hasibur Rahman, resident of Arjopara village, and Shipon Hossain, 23, son of Khalilur Rahman, resident of Dori Nazirpur village of Atgharia upazila.Sub-inspector Ganesh Chandra Mandal, in-charge of Pakshi highway police outpost, said the motorcycle skidded off the road in front of a sugarcane field when its driver tried to put the brake, leaving the duo dead on the spot.
AP Photo/Eric GayFrom the photo archive: A man holds a candle during a vigil at San Fernando Cathedral for victims who died as a result of being transported in a tractor-trailer, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio. Several people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said Sunday in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants. “It is sad that 14 years later people are still being smuggled in tractor-trailers,” he said. “There still isn’t water, there still isn’t ventilation. These criminal organizations, they’re all about making money.” The striking similarities of the Texas tragedies demonstrate how smugglers have found a durable business model carrying large groups — often in big rigs — through an elaborate network of foot guides, safe house operators and drivers. A criminal complaint about Sunday’s discovery that 10 were dead and dozens injured in the truck opens a window on their degree of sophistication and organizational muscle: passengers had color-coded tape to split into smaller groups; and six black SUVs awaited them at one transit point to bring them to their destinations. Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Before that, people paid small fees to mom-and-pop operators to get them across a largely unguarded border. As crossing became exponentially more difficult after the 2001 terror strikes in the U.S., migrants were led through more dangerous terrain and paid thousands of dollars more. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a political scientist who teaches at University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, said migrants she interviewed last year in South Texas paid $2,000 to $3,000 more to ride in the crammed tractor-trailers, considering them more effective, faster and safer than walking through the desert to a pickup point far from the border. Hundreds of border crossers perish each year in the desert, getting lost and dehydrated in extreme heat. The growing use of trucks coincided with increased trade with Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing smugglers to more easily blend in with cargo, particularly on Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas, to San Antonio, Correa-Cabrera said. Walking in the open desert more easily exposes them to U.S. Border Patrol agents. Women, some carrying children, think they are less likely to be raped on a truck than in the open desert because there are more witnesses, Correia-Cabrera said. Riding in a big rig, she said, is “the VIP treatment.” For smugglers, the advantage of tractor-trailers boils down to scale. “It’s like any other business: the more they move, the more profit they make,” Homan said. “Rather than taking four in a car, the profit margin on tractor-trailers is a lot more.” Alan Bersin, a former federal prosecutor who was President Bill Clinton’s “border czar” and a high-ranking Homeland Security official under President Barack Obama, said immigrant smugglers have taken a cue from groups that bring drugs from Mexico to the United States and guns and cash from drug sales to Mexico from the United States. They break into small groups or loads to get across the border, lessening the chances of getting caught by inspectors and minimizing losses if they are discovered. Once they clear the border, they regroup. Truck drivers are low-level cogs in a big machine, recruited in the U.S. at casinos and other places where smuggling organizations look for people who are down on their luck, desperate for quick cash and disinclined to ask questions. James Matthew Bradley Jr., who made an initial court appearance Monday in San Antonio on smuggling charges, told authorities he was delivering what he thought was a sold vehicle from Schaller, Iowa, to Brownsville, Texas, and that he didn’t know what was inside, according to the complaint. He said he was given no deadline or address to deliver the truck. Other guides take migrants across Mexico by bus. Others join them on a raft across the Rio Grande or through the desert to a hideout or to a nearby house where they may wait days or weeks. Eventually smuggling organizations get them to major cities like Phoenix, Houston or San Antonio. “I have to imagine that their winning percentage is really, really high,” said Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy group. “Whatever reputation they lose from episodes like this, their profit margins are still high enough to make it work. Otherwise people wouldn’t pay.” ___ This story has been corrected to show that the truck began its journey in Schaller, Iowa, not Schiller. Share
Story Links GAME DAY INFORMATION #8 Louisville vs. Brown Location: Louisville, Ky. Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Brown Florida State 556 LOUISVILLE TABBED AS PRESEASON ACC FAVORITEThe Louisville baseball team was voted as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference.Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19).North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division.LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history.Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America.BENNETT AND WYATT RECEIVE 2019 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITIONA pair of Louisville players were named preseason All-Americans in 2019 by various organizations. Junior first baseman Logan Wyatt garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Additionally, junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett was a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA and Perfect Game.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.WYATT NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LISTJunior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball.Wyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017.An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After opening the 2019 home season with a win over Eastern Kentucky, the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team will play a three-game series against Brown at Jim Patterson Stadium starting with a doubleheader on Friday at 2 p.m., ET. The series is scheduled to wrap up on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., ET. All three games can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 1450 WXVW on Friday and will transition over to 93.9 The Ville beginning at 6:00 p.m., ET. Saturday’s game can be heard on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com.ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Cardinals bounced back from a series loss against Connecticut with a 5-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday. Junior Luke Smith made his first start on the mound as a Cardinal and picked up the win after six strong innings. Smith allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out six.Junior shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald had two of Louisville’s five hits on the day. Fitzgerald had a hand in four of the five runs, driving in a pair with a double in the first inning and scoring twice.Louisville is in the midst of a 14-game homestand after three games in Florida to start the season. The Cardinals will not hit the road again until a three-game set at Duke beginning on March 15.The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season.ABOUT BROWNFriday’s series opener will be the season opener for Brown. The Bears were 11-26 in 2018 and finished last in the Ivy League. Brown was picked to finish at the bottom of the conference again in 2019.SERIES HISTORYLouisville and Brown have only met two times previously, with Brown sweeping a doubleheader against the Cardinals on April 8, 1972 in Louisville. The Cardinals are 3-2 all-time against current members of the Ivy League, with the three wins coming in a weekend sweep of Princeton in March of 2016.TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS 5. Vanderbilt 540 Louisville has had at least one baserunner in 32 of 35 offensive innings this season. The Cardinals have left at least nine runners on base in all four games in 2019, and 42 total for the season. Louisville has scored first in all four games this season and in the first inning in three of four. In three of Louisville’s first four games, the starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed. Eleven different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts in the first four games (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 10 of the 11. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). Seven pitchers made weekend series starts in 2018 but the Cardinals used the same trio in the final seven weeks of the regular season — Adam Wolf, Nick Bennett and Bobby Miller. Five different Louisville pitchers earned saves last season, including three in the series sweep at Pittsburgh (Shay Smiddy, Michael McAvene and Adam Elliott) on May 11-13. The Cardinals were 39-4 in 2018 when entering the ninth inning with a lead. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. On the mound, Louisville was 5th in the nation in 2018 in hits allowed per 9 IP (7.40), 19th in strikeouts per 9 IP (9.5) and 27th in ERA (3.53). UofL led the ACC in ERA and hits allowed per 9 IP. Louisville was ranked 5th in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC in stolen bases in 2018 with 125 in 149 attempts after ranking 17th in 2017 (98-of-123). The Cardinals were 12th in the NCAA in 2016 with 101 stolen bases, fourth nationally with 127 stolen bases in 2015, second in the nation in 2014 with 133 and second in 2013 with 150. Offensively in 2018, the Cardinals were 8th in the NCAA in sacrifice flies (36) 10th in walks (333), 11th in on-base percentage (.400) and 12th in doubles (131). Louisville led the ACC in doubles. UofL has won 31 of its 40 ACC series since joining the league and is 33-6 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 16 of their 20 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. 1. Louisville 556 4. North Carolina 553 Friday, Feb. 22 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. LHP Nick Bennett (1-0, 0.00 ERA) BU: Jr. RHP Will Tomlinson Saturday, Feb. 23 | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Sr. RHP Bryan Hoeing (0-1, 11.25 ERA) BU: Jr. RHP Garett Delano 3. LSU 555 LOUISVILLE 2018 RECRUITING CLASS AMONG BEST IN COUNTRYThe University of Louisville baseball program received its highest recruiting ranking in program history after D1Baseball tabbed the 2018 class at No. 3 in the nation. Louisville’s 2018 class was also ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.The 2018 class ranking marked the ninth time in the last 11 years Louisville has earned a top 25 national recruiting ranking under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals had the top class in the ACC according to D1Baseball and was among five ACC programs in the top 25 classes – No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Clemson and No. 17 Virginia.FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 372-107 record (.777 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons.BENNETT, FITZGERALD, PINKHAM, WYATT NAMED TEAM CAPTAINSLefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, catcher Zeke Pinkham and first baseman Logan Wyatt have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2019.Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts.A junior from Rochester, Illinois, Fitzgerald had a .264 batting average with three home runs, 17 doubles, 24 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts while playing in all 64 games in 2018, including 63 starts. Fitzgerald was named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Team.Hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Pinkham has made 58 appearances with 26 starts behind the plate during his three seasons with the Cardinals. After missing the 41 games of 2018 recovering from off-season injury, Pinkham closed his junior season with 17 appearances and 11 starts.A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed the 2018 season ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games.ALL LOUISVILLE BASEBALL GAMES SLATED FOR RADIO COVERAGEEach of Louisville’s 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games can be heard on radio locally in Louisville and online via TuneIn.com.Sean Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring, while 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. Friday, Feb. 22 | 2:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 1450 WXVW LOU: So. LHP Reid Detmers (0-0, 1.80 ERA) BU: So. RHP Collin Garner Most Wins Since 2007 ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics.LOUISVILLE TO PLAY 52 GAMES ON ESPN NETWORKSLouisville’s 2019 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games set for ESPN platforms. The 52 regular season games scheduled for television coverage matches the 2018 season for most in program history.The television schedule is headlined by a pair of games slated for ESPNU. The Cardinals will host Vanderbilt on May 7 in the annual Battle of the Barrel and will later appear on ESPNU May 14 at Indiana.Forty-eight of the 52 games will be televised exclusively on ACC Network Extra, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Cardinals will also appear on SEC Network+ on the road at Kentucky on April 16 and on ESPN+ at Eastern Kentucky March 19. Print Friendly Version
Fiction was almost lost from Indian publishing at about this time last year. With about three non-fiction titles releasing for every novel, it was clear who ruled the roost in 2016 – just as it did in 2015. In 2017, however, book lovers had a lot to chew upon as some really strong novels made their mark both in the market and among readers. Their numbers again may have been fewer than non-fiction, but it was the utter magic of some strong novels that stole the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCall it the return of Arundhati Roy or the magic of Jeet Thayil, but most readers would agree that 2017 has been a fantastic year for Indian publishing when one looks at the fiction space.Poulomi Chatterjee, the dynamic Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Hachette India, agreed that 2017 was a good year for fiction in Indian publishing but also highlighted that non-fiction continued to rule the market. Subroto Bagchi’s “Sell”, Muhammad Yunus’ “A World of Three Zeros”, Alan Rosling’s “Boom Country” and Ankit Lal’s “India Social” were among the better-selling books from Hachette India this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The year 2017 has seen a good mix of releases across genres from all publishers in India. While non-fiction categories have remained the better-selling ones, there have certainly been strong fiction titles that have found their readership and made their mark. Publishers will always strive to publish strong fiction because this, after all, is the soul of a publishing list,” Chatterjee told in an interview.She elaborated that on the “great fiction list across a range of genres” that Hachette published this year are Pradeep Sebastian’s dream of a book on books, “The Book Hunters of Katpadi”; Arunava Sinha’s excellent translation of Moti Nandy’s short stories “Kick-Off”; Sanjay Bahadur’s kick-ass military thriller “Bite of the Black Dog”; Komal Bhanver’s “The Mauryan”, featuring the story of a young Ashoka; and Swati Kaushal’s delightful year-end read, “A Few Good Friends”. “And that’s just a few – there’s much more fiction to come next year, all of it exciting,” Chatterjee added.Having published some of the most talked-about literary novels in 2017 like “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy, “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie, “A State of Freedom” by Neel Mukherjee, “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma and “We That Are Young” by Preti Taneja, Penguin Random House India Editor-in-Chief, Meru Gokhale, said that 2017 was “the year of literary fiction” for his company.”Each of these books won critical acclaim and pretty much all of them were seen on award listings and bestseller charts. Above and beyond all of these quantifiable measures, what these books did was to capture the imagination in a year that saw tumultuous political change across the globe.””I think every publisher in India will agree that, in times like these, of alternative truths and cultural shifts, fiction – at least good fiction – grants us insight and escape, a way of understanding our dark new age, and an unapologetically provocative worldview,” Gokhale told.While most publishers agreed that 2017 was a good year for Indian fiction, Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins India, pointed out that Indian fiction has been really strong over the past few years. He, however, agreed that there were some strong novels in 2017.”I think it’s been a great year for literary publishing – we’ve seen some very good books being published, and more are on their way. I wouldn’t say there was any need to reclaim fiction as such, since Indian literary fiction has been really strong over the past several years. But yes, we have had some very strong novels coming out, and some great new voices making their presence felt too.””What is particularly interesting to me is the way in which fiction writers in India are reacting and responding to the environment that they live and write in – it has brought a sharp edge to many of the books that have come out this year. Another notable trend is the re-emergence of short fiction – the ability of a novelist to tell a good story well in a space of 200 pages or less – which I believe has something to do with the sensibilities of both readers and writers being shaped by the age of social media,” Mitra told in an interview.Other publishing houses that published strong fiction during 2017 include Aleph (“The Book of Chocolate Saints”); Juggernaut (“When I Hit You”; and Niyogi Books (“Without Prejudice”).
Kolkata: Three persons were sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case on Friday. The main accused in the case is undergoing trial in a separate court as he was minor at the time of the murder. After he turned 18, the trial was shifted from the juvenile court.According to police, on July 22, 2016, officers of New Town police station found a body of a man near Tin Kanya Mor, on the outskirts of Kadampukur village. The face of the body was smashed to hide the identity of the deceased. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring preliminary investigation, ligature marks was seen around his neck. Later, a suo moto case was initiated against unknown persons on charges of murder. The person was later identified as Nepal Ghosh (40) of Baranagar in North 24-Parganas. During the probe, cops came to know that a youth identified as Jaydeb Das, who was then 17-year-old, had borrowed Rs 10,000 from Ghosh. After the stipulated time to repay the loan was over, Ghosh asked for his money but Das did not return the money and kept on promising that he would repay it soon. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater Das, along with his three friends, hatched a plan to murder Ghosh. They planned to kill and rob him so that Das could be exempted from the loan. As per the plan on July 22 of 2016, Das called up Ghosh and asked him to meet at Dunlop. He said he would repay the loan. When Ghosh arrived, Das told him that he would give him the money after he gets it from another person. He called up one of his friend identified as Surajit Karmakar. They boarded Karmakar’s SUV, where two more youths identified as Tridip Biswas and Raju Sil were already present. Later, they drove to New Town and strangled Ghosh inside the car. After Ghosh died, they smashed his face and placed the body beside the road. During investigation, all four of them were arrested. On Friday, 1st Additional District Judge (ADJ), in Barasat Srimayi Kundu sentenced Karmakar, Biswas and Sil to life imprisonment. Trial against Das is still going on at the 2nd ADJ Barasat Court.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. We’re inundated with terrifying tales of computer hacking. But seldom discussed is the relatively low-tech act of visual hacking: That’s when a snoop sneaks a peek at or photographs your sensitive information. In a Ponemon Institute experiment conducted on behalf of 3M and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council, an undercover hacker posing as a contractor or part-time worker was able to obtain sensitive info (like log-in credentials) 88 percent of the time. Related: Cyber Security a Growing Issue for Small BusinessHeighten awareness: In the Ponemon Institute study, employees did nothing to stop the undercover operative 70 percent of the time. Be sure to inform your staff of the risks of visual hacking, and have them memorize “the three Rs”: 1. Refrain from sharing key customer or business information with others. 2. Remove such information from business forms and documents where possible. 3. Redact the sensitive information that cannot be removed.Reduce vulnerability: Identify places where confidential materials are stored, such as workstations, printer and fax areas or conference room whiteboards. The more public the workspace, the more tightly you’ll want to lock it down. Place shredders or secured waste containers where only authorized personnel can access them. Keep documents out of plain sight by using printers with a “locked print” option (which requires passcode entry upon pickup) and instituting a clean-desk policy.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating a Cybersecurity Plan for Your BusinessProtect your screens: This is going to sound paranoid, but Burks says it’s for real: If you have computer screens in public areas, position them in a way that makes them hard to snoop on, and use password-protected screensavers. Privacy filters (films that block side views of your screen) are your friend, especially on laptops or smartphones that employees use outside the office. And consider where visual hacking and computer hacking can intersect: Check that wi-fi security cameras aren’t aimed at confidential information and are protected by strong passwords. 2 min read September 22, 2016
BATON ROUGE — A tourism official on business in Baton Rouge says she had no intention of sharing an adult video with nudity on the Instagram account of her employer, the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.The video with nudity went live on the tourism bureau’s public Instagram account Monday night, and sent notifications to followers. The video lasted about 30 minutes.“It was a horrible, honest mistake,” Lynn Dorsey, executive director of convention and visitors bureau, told the newspaper. “I am mortified. I would never send that type of content out intentionally.”Dorsey had intended to send “a very private message” to her husband, she said. But she’s a new Instagram user and pressed the wrong button, she added.Dorsey posted the video using a Bureau-purchased iPhone 7 from a Baton Rouge hotel room while on a business trip, the newspaper reported.Instagram Live is a new feature, similar to that of Facebook Live, which allows users to stream live video footage via the social media platform, the Press-Herald reported. When a user “goes live,” the followers of the account may receive a notification announcing the live feed. Once a live video has ended, it is no longer visible on the platform. Share Posted by The Canadian Press Adult video shared on Baton Rouge Instagram ‘horrible’ mistake Friday, December 23, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Tags: Disney Posted by TORONTO — Travel agents are invited to special Disney Destinations training sessions and movie screenings where they’ll learn what’s new at Disney parks.A wide range of new experiences are taking place, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout at Disney California Adventure Park. After training, agents will enjoy an exclusive screening of a Disney film.To register, click on the training tab at disneytravelagents.ca.The schedule is as follows:ONTARIOWelcome 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-7:15 p.m., ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening 7:15 p.m.Ottawa, April 12, Scotiabank Theater OttawaATLANTIC CANADAWelcome 6:00-6:30 p.m., Presentation 6:30-7:15 p.m., ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2’ screening 7:15 p.m.St. John’s, May 8, Cineplex Cinemas Mount Pearl (75 attendees)Halifax, May 10, Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (75 attendees)Moncton, May 11, Cineplex Cinemas DieppeWEST CANADAPresentation 6:00-7:00 p.m., Refreshments 7-7:30 p.m., ‘Beauty and the Beast’ screening 7:30 p.m.Vancouver, April 10, Scotiabank Theatre VancouverLangley, April 13, Cineplex Cinemas LangleyCalgary, April 27, Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Tweet Disney announces dates for agent training and movie screenings << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tuesday, April 4, 2017