18 days ago​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich days

first_img​Liverpool attacker Shaqiri explains changes from Bayern Munich daysby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken about how he’s changed since his days at Bayern Munich.The Swiss star failed to make the grade at Bayern as a youngster.He eventually moved to Stoke City in the Premier League. Their relegation prompted a cut price move to Liverpool last summer.”Over the years I have become calmer and more patient,” he told Schweizer Illustrierte.”I would probably last longer in Munich today and waited for my chance. I know that I have to give myself more time for my career steps now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Minister Grange Urges Jamaicans to Stand up Against Gender-Based Violence

first_imgStory Highlights Minister Grange was speaking at a church service in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held on Saturday (November 25) at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says it is time for Jamaicans stand up against gender-based violence.“When we take a stand against violence and offer no comfort to perpetrators; when we expose them, when we stop turning a blind eye to the gender-violence that we know goes on next door, when we create a culture that promotes a harmonious world in which men and women live together with gender equality, when we are serious about stopping it, the violence will end,” she said.Minister Grange was speaking at a church service in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women held on Saturday (November 25) at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston.The service, under the theme: ‘Leave No One behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls,’ was organised by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, an agency of the Ministry in collaboration with the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.Minister Grange cited police statistics between January 2016 and February 2017, which showed that 150 women were murdered; 263 shot; and 530 were raped. In addition, 511 girls under the age of 16 reported sexual violations and 370 experienced other forms of violations.“Jamaica we have to do better than this,” Minister Grange said.“Today, let us commit that we will no longer be enablers or accessories to the violence. Let us commit to bawl out against the violence. Let us commit to be our sister’s keeper and report acts of violence against her,” she urged.Minister Grange noted that this year’s observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women comes at the height of the #MeToo movement, which encourages victims of sexual harassment and assault to use social media to tell their experience and stand in solidarity with other victims.Noting that Jamaica has been calling for an end to the silence around gender-based violence, Minister Grange said that the campaign offers an important platform for victims, who have suffered for years in silence, to confront their attackers, to heal and to receive closure.“MeToo is a revolution, a wake-up call and a turning point for the whole world. It has made clear the insidiousness and prevalence of sexual harassment and assault,” she said.“It has helped to put faces to the ugly statistic that one out of every three women will become a victim of violence, which means that there are likely to be victims here with us this morning. And certainly, we each know at least one woman or girl who has suffered or is suffering the violence,” she pointed out. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says it is time for Jamaicans stand up against gender-based violence. Minister Grange cited police statistics between January 2016 and February 2017, which showed that 150 women were murdered; 263 shot; and 530 were raped. In addition, 511 girls under the age of 16 reported sexual violations and 370 experienced other forms of violations. last_img read more

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Unilever Project Sunlight

first_imgInspired by the power of film to motivate change, Unilever Project Sunlight partnered with the Film Independent Spirit Awards this weekend to cast a spotlight on those in the industry who are helping to create a brighter future – and inspire others to do the same.Sarah Michelle Gellar calls ACTION! to create a brighter future for childrenCredit/Copyright: Mark Sullivan/WireImageWhile awards season arrival shows typically dedicate red-carpet banter to quips and couture, Unilever Project Sunlight and Film Independent rolled out the “yellow carpet” to hear stories about social good, sustainable living and those who are making a difference to create a brighter future.Launched in 2013, Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission – the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – that encourages people to take small steps that together make a big difference towards building a brighter future for children. Project Sunlight aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations.“As our products – like Dove, Lipton, Hellmann’s and Suave – touch two billion people who use them every day, we have the ability to reach and galvanize them,” said Kees Kruythoff, President, Unilever, North America. “Our scale, coupled with the inspired stories and influence of those that are being honored by Film Independent, is a truly powerful combination to inspire people to want to take small steps to create a bright future for our children.”Joining Unilever Project Sunlight to share her story and help capture the stories of Film Independent Spirit Award attendees was actress Sarah Michelle Gellar. Gellar joined her fellow actors and filmmakers to discuss their hopes for a brighter future and what they’re doing to help create it.“Of all the roles I’ve played as a film and television actress, the most important one by far has been being a mom,” explained Gellar. “It’s changed my motivation, my inspiration and my day-to-day behavior as I think about the future for my children.”To recognize the power of film to inspire change, Unilever Project Sunlight is also sponsoring the first-ever Bright Future Award, honoring a filmmaker whose work motivates individuals to take action to create a better world. The inaugural Bright Future Award recipient is Patrick Creadon, whose film, If You Build It, exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. As part of the award, Unilever provided Creadon with a grant to continue making inspirational films.“Certainly, I share this award with Project H Design and the empowered and empowering young people of Bertie County, North Carolina featured in If You Build It,” said Creadon. “I’m just happy I had the opportunity to bring their inspiring story to screen and am eager to find and share other stories that challenge, uplift and motivate change.”Learn more about If You Build It and watch highlights from the Film Independent Spirit Awards “yellow carpet” on www.projectsunlight.us, including exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, and join the conversation on Twitter with #brightfuture.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Moroccan Critic Said Yaktin Wins Sheikh Zayed Award in Arts

Abu Dhabi – Moroccan critic Said Yaktin has won the Sheikh Zayed Award in the category of “arts and critical studies”‘, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award Foundation announced Wednesday in a statement.The award, which celebrates this year its tenth anniversary, was awarded to the Moroccan intellectual for his book “the Arab literary thought: structures and formats”, published in 2014 by Difaf in Beirut, Dar Al Amane in Rabat and Al Ikhtilaf in Algeria.According to the Foundation, this book analyzes the concept of the Arabic literary thought within an approach involving arthroscopy and application. This literary work is characterized by the precision and commitment of the author in the treatment and analysis of the subject, in addition to the academic rigor and diversity of references in Arabic, French and English, and the excellence of their exploitation on many levels, as well as the richness of the approach used by the author for the critical treatment of his subject. OR.With MAP read more

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Monks threaten Maharagama clothes store

The monks, who initially distributed leaflets to people on the street, then attempted to force their way into the Magaragam No-Limit clothes store. The police prevented a group of monks from storming into a clothes store in Maharagama today following a demonstration.Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody told the Colombo Gazette that police protection was provided to the store during the tense situation which had occurred this afternoon. However he said the situation was now calm and the police have been withdrawn from outside the store. However the police placed barricades and prevented the monks from going further. The monks burnt an effigy and then dispersed after having discussions with the police.According to reports the monks had chanted anti-Muslim slogans and had wanted the store closed claiming it was being operated by Muslims. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Bird flu virus becoming endemic in parts of Asia – UN

Laboratory results show that a recent wave of bird flu in poultry in Thailand and Laos was the result of both old and new strains of the H5N1 virus, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for vigorous implementation of control measures to prevent further spread of the disease.The FAO says last month’s outbreak in Thailand’s Pichit province was caused by the same strain that has been circulating in the area since 2003, meaning the virus has become endemic to the region.“The H5N1 virus thus remained alive in central Thailand in a reservoir of birds and poultry, most probably a mix of backyard chickens, ducks and fighting cocks,” said Laurence Gleeson, regional manager of FAO’s bird flu centre in Bangkok today.Outbreaks in Thailand’s Nakhon Phanom province and Vientiane in Laos, on the other hand, were caused by strains that did not exist there previously but that did resemble ones found in southern China, the FAO said.The bird flu situation in the region has reached a “critical juncture,” said the agency, noting that outbreaks were continuing in China and also reoccurring in Laos, while cross-border poultry trade persisted across South-East and East Asia, despite well-known risks. For all of those reasons, heightened vigilance was essential throughout the region.“Timely reporting and sharing information continue to be crucial,” said He Changchui, FAO’s Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, pointing out that while some countries can beat back occasional bird flu reoccurrence, poorer countries still need funding to strengthen veterinary services and build up transboundary animal disease containment programmes. read more

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Ohio State baseball drops final two games of Snowbird Classic

OSU junior left-hander Tanner Tully (16) delivers a pitch against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 27. OSU won 6-4.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe trip to Port Charlotte, Florida, ended up being a bummer for the Buckeyes after a promising start, as the Ohio State Baseball team dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.OSU fell to the Illinois State Redbirds 5-4 on Saturday and the Boston College Eagles 6-2 on Sunday, dropping its record to 6-4-1. The losses came after the Scarlet and Gray started the weekend’s action on the right foot, defeating Seton Hall 9-3 behind another offensive explosion from redshirt junior right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic.  Dropping a close one to the RedbirdsOSU opened Saturday’s game against Illinois State with one of its top pitchers, redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer, on the hill. Niemeyer, however, got off to a shaky start, allowing three runs in the first two innings. The righty would get back to his normal self over the rest of his six innings of work, but the 3-0 hole the Buckeyes fell into would prove to be tough to climb out of. The Buckeyes battled back, tying the game in the bottom of the fifth inning behind junior catcher Jalen Washington’s double down the right-field line to score junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson. OSU fell behind again in the seventh, but the deficit was quickly erased by junior center fielder Troy Montgomery’s solo home run to tie the game at 4-4. The homer was Montgomery’s third of the season, which is second most on the team. But the Redbirds would not be denied their first win of the Snowbird Classic, as OSU contributed to its own demise allowing the game-winning run in the top of the ninth on a fielding error by senior second baseman Nick Sergakis. OSU’s co-captain also had his season-long nine-game hitting streak snapped following an 0-for-4 day at the plate. On the other hand, Washington, OSU’s other co-captain, had a career-best day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss. Niemeyer received a no-decision in the game and freshman pitcher Ryan Feltner (0-1) was tagged with the loss for his 2.2 innings of work. Redshirt junior Jack Landwehr (1-1) picked up the win for Illinois State, which improved to 3-6. Dominated by Boston CollegeIn the final game of the three-game trip to the Sunshine State, the Buckeyes’ typically powerful offense was outmatched by Eagles senior starter Jesse Adams and the Boston College pitching staff. OSU’s bats were silenced, only mustering two hits all game against the Eagles and providing little run support for senior starter John Havird.Boston College’s offense was led by junior center fielder Michael Strem, who knocked in the Eagles’ first run as part of his 2-for-4, two-RBI day. Senior infielder Jake Palomaki provided the insurance runs for the Eagles with his sixth-inning double that plated two. The win moved Boston College’s record to 9-1 as Adams (2-0) picked up the win for his six innings of scoreless baseball. The Buckeyes fell to 6-4-1, and Havird was hit with his first loss and decision of the year. OSU now is set to return to Columbus to prepare for its four-game series with UNLV in Las Vegas starting on Friday and ending four days later on March 15. After that, the Buckeyes will gear up for their home-opening series against Hofstra from March 18 to 20. read more

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Where theres muck theres brass the muddy jeans that cost £330

first_imgDistressed jeans by Nordstrom Distressed jeans by Nordstrom from their website http://shop.nordstrom.com/ The Telegraph’s India Sturgis recreating the look of Nordstrom jeans by buying a pair form a charity shop and distressing them herselfCredit:Andrew Crowley  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  India Sturgis recreating the look of Nordstrom jeans by buying a pair form a charity shop and distressing them herself. Wearing jeans caked in mud usually means one of three things: you’re a farmer, a labourer or a five-year-old who has rolled down a hill.If you’re wearing this particular pair, it also means you’re the height of fashion. The £350 denims on sale at luxury retailer Nordstrom come complete with mud stains.The jeans have “a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty”, according to the marketing blurb, which adds that they are based on “rugged Americana workwear”. “They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic,” he said in a blog post. Underneath, one man had written: “Shoot, Mike, I work in the oilfield and you just helped me realise I have a goldmine hanging in my closet.”Another said: “I am a farrier. After working under horses, at the anvil and in the mud I shall return home, carefully remove my work jeans, perhaps autograph and date them inside the front pocket (for quality control purposes), photograph and sell to the highest bidder on eBay.”The days when ripped jeans were the height of daring are long gone. Nordstrom was ridiculed last month for selling jeans that featured clear plastic panels over the knees, although they were a more purse-friendly £49.Topshop recently launched a pair of entirely transparent jeans, made of clear plastic, for £55. They are currently sold out. One review on the store’s website said: “9/10, would recommend but they do have a slight problem with VPL.”The most current trend is for cropped jeans with a frayed hem – easily achievable with a pair of scissors and a ruler. Mike Rowe, who presented the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs in which he tried out occupations ranging from demolition worker to ostrich wrangler, took umbrage at the muddy jeans. The fact that they are also machine washable suggests that the mud isn’t exactly authentic. Nor is the ‘Americana’ tag entirely: although designed by New York label PRPS, they are manufactured in Portugal from Japanese denim.The “heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit” are from PRPS’s ‘Barracuda’ range, and come with a matching “mud denim jacket” for the same price.Other styles are named ‘Krill’, ‘Phytoplankton’, ‘Outer Space’ and ‘Radiation’, and come with artfully designed holes and rips.One pair are doused in red paint, lending the wearer the air of someone who has either spilt ketchup on their trousers or been stabbed in the abdomen.On Nordstrom’s own website, shoppers were quick to scoff. “Gotta love being able to look like I have fed the pigs, helped deliver a calf, and got the tractor unstuck without ever having to leave my BMW,” one wrote. Another asked if the “deluxe” model came covered in cow manure.last_img read more

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Magic Mushrooms warning as foragers told mild winter has led to abundance

“We haven’t really had a heavy frost yet which is what usually kills them off.”There is quite a lot of fungi lurking around, some have been late growing late because of the very hot and dry weather into later in the year.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Foragers have been warned of an abundance of magic mushrooms after the mild winter caused the psychedelic fungi to thrive.Specialists say the warmer weather means the psychedelic, naturally-occurring class-A drug has been found growing in large numbers across Staffordshire and Shropshire.John Hughes, a fungi expert at Shropshire Wildlife Trust, warned: “The longer the season, the greater the risk foragers could accidentally pick something hallucinogenic, so with the warmer winter this is definitely more of a risk this year than in previous years.“The key thing foragers should be aware of is not to pick anything you’re not sure what it is.“It is as simple as that, because there are many things out there which are toxic.”Usually, the fungi, found on grasslands and pastures grazed by sheep due to the nutrient-rich manure, are long gone by this time of year, but the mild and wet weather means they  have stuck around.Amateur mushroom enthusiasts have therefore been told to err on the side of caution.The mushrooms are illegal to possess, cultivate, transport or sell in the UK, but it is not an offence for them to be grown on your land as they live in the wild.Jane Traynor, from the Staffordshire Fungi Group, said: “Psilocybe semilanceata are quite common and you do find quite a lot of them around Staffordshire. read more

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Man arrested in €200000 Clare drug raid

first_imgGARDA IN CLARE have arrested a man in his 30s in connection with a €200,000 drugs seizure.In a planned operation, gardaí from Ennis searched a house at Kilvoyden, Spancill Hill at about 10pm last night. During the course of the search, cannabis herb with a street value of €200,00 was discovered.A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained at Ennis Garda Station where he can be held for up to seven days.The scene remains preserved and a technical examination of the area will take place later today.Read: Woman due in court over €150,000 drug seizure>Read: Four arrested in €360,000 Donegal drug bust>last_img read more

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Geek Deals Roundup Memorial Day 4K UHD TV Sale

first_imgIf you’re on the hunt for a great deal on a 4K UHD TV, you should definitely check out Dell’s Memorial Day discounts. Whether you’re looking for a smaller model for the bedroom or a hulking behemoth for a proper living room, there are great bargains on offer.2017 Samsung UN55MU6500 55-inch 4K Curved LED Television with HDR Pro for $799.99 with a $250 Dell eGift CardFeaturing a 2160p resolution, a 120 Motion Rate, HDR Pro, LED backlighting, and three HDMI ports, this very recent model is a real bargain – especially when you factor in the gift card. TCL 43UP130 43-inch 4K Smart Television for $339.99 with a $100 Dell eGift Card If money is tight, this 43-inch model from TCL is an excellent option for low-budget 4K. And since it has built-in streaming capabilities, you don’t even need to invest in an extra set-top box.Vizio M60-D1 60-inch 4K HDR LED Smart Television for $899.99 with a $300 Dell eGift CardNot only does this sizable screen offer an excellent picture, it comes with a 6-inch tablet as the remote control as well. And with the hefty gift card, you can invest in an Xbox One S to watch 4K Blu-rays.LG 49UH6030 49-inch 4K HDR Smart Television for $449 with a $150 Dell eGift Card Featuring webOS 3.0, this smart TV from LG is an affordable 4K solution for home offices or dens. And since it has three HDMI ports and a component/composite input, you’ll have plenty of viewing options.Samsung UN65MU6500 Curved 65-inch 4K LED Smart Television for $1299.99 with a $400 Dell eGift Card If you really need more screen real estate, this awesome 65-inch curved Samsung is very enticing. Not only is it being sold at a $200 discount, the bonus $400 gift card goes a long way towards offsetting the effective price if you use it entirely on future purchases.Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the Dell site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more Memorial Day TV deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

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Scientists Remove Genes from Human Embryo for First Time

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend While it’s easy to think that humans are knee-deep in the wilds of genetic engineering, but we’re actually only in its nascent stages with new milestones coming all the time.That said, a team of researchers has announced that they’ve used CRISPR on human embryos for the first time. Their work centers on OCT4, a specialized protein that codes for an important part of embryonic development. But, the real headline is that we’ve taken a new step, as a species, towards actively altering human genetic information while in development. CRISPR has been used in trials on living adults before, but it only targeted small parts of the body.This batch of experiments, however, was the first to slice up human embryonic DNA with the technique. Kathy Niakin, a developmental biologist based in London was the lead author on the paper. Her team used CRISPER to edit OCT4 in human zygotes — a stage of development that is, technically, pre-embryonic. These were all left over from in vitro treatments and donated by couples.The experiments, published this week in Nature, demonstrated that OCT4 plays a vital role in development. Without functioning copies of the gene, the developing embryos failed to develop some critical cell types, like placental cells, that are necessary for development.Again, that discovery, while cool, takes a back seat to the discovery that CRISPR works for studying early development. This could give us a new route to study everything from congenital diseases and birth defects, to how all of the intricate steps that create us actually happen. As Science Magazine notes, it’s also a great test for the UK’s new embryo research regulations.The new plans require any curious scientists to petition the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority to get a license. Niakan sent in her application in 2015, detailing her plan and her intention to use CRISPR to study the role of OCT4 in development. And it looks like this went better than anyone could have hoped.“We conclude that CRISPR… is a powerful method for investigating gene function in the context of human development,” the paper declares. Like it or not, the future is here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Miami elementary school students participate in Earth Day ceremony

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Elementary school students volunteered for a special Earth Day ceremony in Miami.City of Miami Commissioner Manolo Reyes marked the day with a special tree planting and lesson at Shenandoah Elementary School, at 1023 SW 21st Ave., Monday.Students of the school helped the commissioner plant a tree outside of the school.“We also have to tell them how beneficial trees are,” Reyes said. “Besides giving us shade, they provide clean air, and they are very much needed for the future of our planet. I’m always protecting our green space in the city of Miami. I don’t want any other green space to be developed. On the other hand, I think that we need more green space, and we have to protect the ones that we have, so our children can enjoy it in the future.”To expand on Monday’s ceremony, 600 trees will be planted in the area and in surrounding neighborhoods.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Home Delivered Meals Driver at Wilmington Senior CenterFull-Time Account Executive at AramarkFull-Time Shipping & Receiving Associate at Locus RoboticsPart-Time Summer Help Warehouse Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Retail Sales Representative at SunRunPart-Time Security Guard at Allied UniversalPart-Time Caregiver For AdultFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Integrated Preschool Teacher at Boutwell Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Senior IT Application Specialist at Charles River LabsFull-Time Process Engineer at Tecomet(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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PERF report recommends 67 more APD patrol positions

first_imgA new report on policing in Anchorage says the city needs dramatically more officers to meet its public safety goals.Download Audio“This bolsters what we’ve been saying,” Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said.Berkowitz campaigned on building up the Anchorage Police Department’s staffing levels after declines during the Sullivan Administration.The new report by the non-partisan policy group the Police Executive Research Forum—or PERF as it’s more commonly known—is an update to a similar study from 2010. It concludes that if Anchorage wants to meet its community policing goals, officers need 40 percent of their work time to be “un-obligated.”That means patrol officers are building relationships and following up on information, rather than speeding from one call to another.The report notes that reduced staffing levels the last few years may have shifted the burden of policing less severe infractions like property theft to store managers and private groups.“There’s a false economy that comes from not having the right-sized police force,” Berkowitz said. “And the false economy comes because businesses have to step into the breach to pay for private security. There are opportunity costs for private citizens. And crime is very expensive. So the cheapest thing we can do is make sure we have a police force that’s capable of doing the job of public safety.”Getting that capacity means adding 67 patrol positions to the 166 that currently exist. The report recommends the department grow to 446 positions once civilian and detective jobs are added, as well.Berkowitz says this year’s budget begins paying for rebuilding and sustaining that larger police force.“Ya know, there’s this thing about math: we’ve got to go through 400 before we can get to 446,” he said. “But the goal isn’t a number, the goal is to have enough officers to make sure enough officers to do the job it should be done.”A spokesman for the union representing public safety officers says the Administration’s actions have been encouraging, even as the department continues to face challenges with recruitment and retention.last_img read more

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DRUCC member inspects railway works in Tanguturu

first_imgTanguturu: The Vijayawada Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) member, Botla Ramarao inspected the ongoing betterment works at Tanguturu railway station and assured that the problems of railway passengers in the district will be taken to the notice of the DRM and will be resolved soon. After inspecting various works at Tanguturu railway station, Ramarao instructed the contractor and engineering officials to improve the quality of the works. He said that MP Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy and Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy has taken the issue of ROB at 193 level crossing gate to the notice of the railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav already, a favourable order for it will be received soon. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us Responding to the request of the passengers, he said that he had already received an assurance from the DRM to arrange a railway reservation counter at Tanguturu railway station. He announced that the DRM has also promised to increase platform lengths, foot over bridge and a new building after the completion of the ongoing third line works. He said that a DRUCC meeting is scheduled for August 28 and he announced to request the DRM to allow a stop at Tanguturu for the Pinakini, Hyderabad, Chennai expresses and newly introduced Gudur to Vijayawada intercity train. He said that he will also ask the DRM to take up the works of already sanctioned RoBs at Agraharam Railway gate in Ongole, Pakala railway gate, Surareddy palem railway gate immediately.last_img read more

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New report finds digitisation could open up a market worth 39 billion

first_imgCargo containers are seen stacked outside the container terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, India, July 15, 2015.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeRising digitisation will unlock a potential $39 billion worth of export opportunities for Indian businesses in select verticals by 2022 — up from $16 billion in 2017, a Google-KPMG report said on Thursday.The verticals that provide high-potential export opportunities are travel, media and entertainment, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), consumer brands and real estate, said the report titled, “Indian Brands Going Global: A $39 billion opportunity”.”Rising global connectivity is opening up new opportunities for businesses to expand internationally. There is a huge international growth opportunity for select verticals and we wanted to capture that through this report,” said Shalini Girish, Director-Marketing Solutions, Google India.Asia-Pacific is one of the most attractive regions for expansion by Indian players — with China, Malaysia and Indonesia as key target countries. Digitally mature geographies such as the US and UK are other lucrative geographies which can be tapped through digital channels, the report outlined.”With ‘Market Finder’ tool, businesses can get access to all the resources they need to find the right market for their products and services, translate their websites and ad text, find new customers with relevant online ads”, Girish said. General view of Burj Khalifa on April 13, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Tom Dulat/Getty ImagesFor travel, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are the broad focus markets with UAE, Indonesia as very high potential markets for Indian online travel agencies. For the media and entertainment vertical, markets like the US, the UK, the UAE and mobile-first markets like Brazil are extremely lucrative for video consumption.In music, growing markets like South East Asia, Malaysia and the Philippines offer new opportunities for the players. The industry is set to grow at a CAGR of 37 per cent to $3.46 billion by 2022 from a $0.71 billion in 2017.The India real estate market offers superior long-term returns, the opportunity for realtors from the NRI customers is expected to grow from $11.5 billion in 2017 to $25.7 billion in 2022. “Indian real estate developers could tap into the NRI and high net worth individual (HNI) customer base by leveraging technology and digital platforms,” the report said. A woman enters a retail store inside a shopping mall in Mumbai, India July 14, 2012.Reuters fileAsia-Pacific is the focus region for consumer brands — the fastest-growing region in apparel and consumer durables. “China, Vietnam and Indonesia are rapidly growing jewellery markets. Consumer brand market in select retail verticals is expected to grow from $1.5 billion to $2.64 billion by 2022.”Geographically, the share of developing economies in global trade is on the rise. This presents a compelling case for Indian Businesses to ‘Look East’ for growth,” said Sreedhar Prasad, Partner and Head, Consumer Markets & Internet Business Advisory, KPMG India.last_img read more

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Turkey sacks 18500 state employees in new decree

first_imgPresident of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets deputies during a meeting on the First Legislative Year of the 27th Term of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on 7 July 2018. Photo: AFPTurkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a decree published on Sunday.The Official Gazette said 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers in the emergency decree over suspected links to terror organisations and groups that “act against national security”.Some 3,077 army soldiers were also dismissed as well as 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces.Another 1,052 civil servants from the justice ministry and linked institutions have been fired as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coast guard.Authorities also sacked 199 academics, according to the new decree, while 148 state employees from the military and ministries were reinstated.Turkey has been under a state of emergency since the July 2016 attempted overthrow of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Turkish media dubbed the decree as the “last” with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.The emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest period is officially due to end on 19 July.Over 110,000 public sector employees have been removed previously from their jobs via emergency decrees since July 2016 while tens of thousands more have been suspended in a crackdown criticised by Ankara’s Western allies.Turkey accuses US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted coup. The majority of those fired under the emergency are accused of links to Gulen.The government refers to the movement as the “Fethullah Terrorist Organisation”. Gulen strongly denies any coup links and insists his movement is a peaceful organisation.Sunday’s decree shut down 12 associations across the country as well as three newspapers and a television channel.Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have lambasted the purges as arbitrary but Turkey says they are necessary to remove the Gulen movement’s infiltration of state bodies.Earlier this year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Gulen.last_img read more

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Black Caucus Foundation Discusses SchooltoPrison Pipeline

first_imgThe Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CNCF) in conjunction with the Annie E. Casey Foundation held a forum: “Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline for African Americans and Minorities: Comprehensive Programs, Practices and Policy Solutions.” The event took place March 18 on Capitol Hill.U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Congressional Black Caucus chairman, spoke passionately about the need for lawmakers, policymakers, and the public to understand the school-to-prison pipeline and how it negatively impacts people of color. “The reform of the criminal justice system is the centerpiece of our agenda,” Butterfield said. “The criminal justice system is broken and is in need of reform and repair. The way things are going, we are creating a generation of unemployable men and women for a lifetime.”The U.S. Department of Education reports that African-American and Latino students are significantly more likely than their classmates to be suspended or expelled, 3.5 times and 1.5 times respectively. The department’s statistics reveal that although Black students represent 16 percent of student enrollment in the country, they represent 27 percent of students referred to law enforcement and 31 percent of students subjected to a school-related arrest.In addition, various studies have found that low-income students are consistently over-represented in the use of out-of-school suspension and even middle and upper income Blacks students are more likely to be suspended than their peers at the same demographic level. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), considered the expert in Congress on issues relating to Black males and incarceration, said the school-to-prison pipeline is indicative of larger problems in the country.“Our country is the most incarcerated nation on Earth,” Davis said. “Black boys drop out [in terms of educational focus] by the third grade and they have never had an African-American teacher or seen an African-American male reading a book. To many Black boys, education is seen as a girl kind of thing and Blacks students are subject to horrific approaches to discipline.”Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), leading the CBCF’s effort to address poverty, said the House Democratic leadership is committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline and noted that income inequality among the races must be recognized as a symptom. “Black students suffer from the highest poverty rates of anyone and they are three times as likely to be poor than Whites,” Lee said.House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) agrees with Lee in a wider context. “The middle class is either shrinking or standing still,” Hoyer said. “People must have the means to become middle class.”While Debra Rowe, executive director of Returning Citizens United, didn’t attend the forum she is familiar with the problem. “I know about the school-to-prison pipeline but D.C. needs to acknowledge it,” Rowe said. “Many teachers in the schools discipline children without understanding that the reason the child may be acting up is because of a medical disorder.”D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) has sponsored hearings and events that talk about the school-to-prison pipeline. In response to unreasonable school suspensions, he is the chief sponsor of the “Pre-K Student Discipline Amendment Act of 2014” that would prohibit suspension or expulsion of a student in pre-kindergarten age from any city-funded educational program. Grosso’s bill has the support of all council members.Rowe endorses D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal for an all-boys school to help stem the pipeline. She also said that there is a widespread misconception about young people in the District’s school system. “Kids are automatically looked at as bad if they come from a bad neighborhood or go to a bad school and that is not the case,” she said. “Plus, kids are expelled from school as young as 13 and 14-years-old when they act up but there is no follow-up by the school system as to why the child is misbehaving.”last_img read more

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Louisville Rallies to Wear Down Miami 9073 in ACC Play

first_img Next Game: at Pittsburgh 1/9/2019 | 8 p.m. Full Schedule Roster Postgame Notes Story Links Raycom Sports/WAVE-TV Matchup History Listen Live Ryan McMahon Postgame LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jordan Nwora scored 18 of his 20 points before halftime, Malik Williams finished with a career-high 19 and Louisville overcame a 15-point deficit to rout Miami 90-73 on Sunday night to give coach Chris Mack his initial Atlantic Coast Conference victory.The Cardinals (10-4, 1-0 ACC) battled back from a slow start against the short-handed Hurricanes to only trail 41-40 at halftime. Louisville started the second half just 5 of 13 from the field but eventually earned a 53-50 lead when Christen Cunningham made consecutive 3-pointers.Williams – who topped his previous career best of 17 points – and Ryan McMahon (12 points) soon found their stroke to help the Cardinals build an 18-point lead. Louisville also shot 48 percent to remain unbeaten in five home meetings against Miami (8-6, 0-2).Dejan Vasiljevic and Zach Johnson each had 19 points and Chris Lykes 18 for the `Canes, who shot 43 percent and missed another chance to earn its first Power 5 victory this season.BIG PICTUREMiami: Much like they did against N.C. State on Thursday, the Hurricanes jumped out to a double-digit lead behind a quick pace and sharp shooting, especially from beyond the arc. But fouls and depth quickly became a problem by halftime with Anthony Mack’s three fouls leading four players with at least two apiece. Nobody fouled out, but the ending was familiar as Louisville wore them down in the second half.Louisville: The Cardinals started sluggish after a weeklong break and needed the whole half to match Miami in pace and on the scoreboard. They eventually finished 13 of 31 from behind the arc (42 percent) and edged the `Canes 39-35 on the glass thanks to a little more depth. Dwayne Sutton added 13 points as five scored in double figures.UP NEXTMiami stays on the road to visit in-state rival Florida State on Wednesday.Louisville begins a two-game road stretch on Wednesday at Pittsburgh.center_img Malik Williams Postgame Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Chris Mack Postgame Press Conference Postgame Quotes Photo Gallery PDF Box Score Print Friendly Versionlast_img
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