Virat Kohli & Co. visit India House ahead of second Test at Centurion

first_imgTeam India is preparing hard in Centurion after the batting collapse of the famed line-up at Newlands, Cape Town in the first Test against South Africa.India lost by 72 runs in the first Test after they failed to chase the humble target of 208, the bowlers having done their bit immensely well.Virat Kohli mentioned after the match they will have to look into the batting collapse and India are prepared to battle their South Africa demons at Centurion.WATCHHowever, amidst all the intense preparations, the team found time to visit the India House at Johannesburg.The whole Indian team and their families in South Africa and the management made it to the High Commissioner’s House there on Thursday.In photos posted by BCCI, the Indian team can all be seen in synced formal outfit — blue pants, white shirt and grey half coat.Captain Kohli can also been seen having intense conversations with people at the India House..#TeamIndia visit India House at Johannesburg pic.twitter.com/eHG805V3DY— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018Some members of the team even posed with a few of their fans there.Earlier on Thursday, BCCI also posted a video showing Ravichandran Ashwin trying to be a seam bowler for fun.Just for fun – when @ashwinravi99 decided to bowl seam instead of spin #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/7bsCpndNkk— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018Ashwin was part of the India’s line-up at Newlands but hardly got much to ball. He, however, played a stabilising knock of 37 in the second innings that delayed the inevitable.advertisementThere might be some good news for India when they arrive at Centurion for the second Test on Saturday as the wicket is not expected to be a green top. The curator of the pitch said that the pitch will have the usual pace, bounce and movement but there might be less of the lateral movement that is the trouble points for India.If conditions are to be considered, the pacers will again be at the forefront when it comes to picking up wickets. India’s batting needs strengthening and talks are going around that Ajinkya Rahane might come in to replace Ravichandran Ashwin for the second Test.last_img read more

Six Giants Fined For Rams Brawl

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Game-breaking wide receiver Odell Beckham and five other New York Giants were fined a total of $72,400 for their actions in a Dec. 21 melee-marred game in St. Louis.While the NFL does not announce fines for this previous weekend’s games until Dec. 26, placekicker Josh Brown and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins discussed the levies Dec. 24 after being informed they were being docked.Jenkins said he got the biggest fine, $16,000, for driving Rams quarterback Shaun Hill into the ground after the quarterback threw an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter.Wide receiver Preston Parker and defensive end Damontre Moore were fined $15,000 apiece for taking part in a second-quarter brawl that started when Beckham was thrown to the ground well out of bounds by linebacker Alec Ogletree. Parker and Moore were ejected after the play, along with Rams DE William Hayes.Beckham was fined $10,000 on the play for kicking at Ogletree after being thrown down.Brown was docked $8,200 for making a kicking motion at a Rams player while on top of a pile following a kickoff return. Brown said he was pushed on the pile after the play was over and kicked out because someone was holding his ankle above his head.He plans to appeal the fine. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.Long snapper Zak DeOssie was fined $8,200 for a late hit out of bounds on a punt return shortly after the melee. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness.___TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Roundup: Somebody dyed the library fountain black!

first_img@OkStateHistory Pretty sure I spy Eddie Sutton in that photo.— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) September 9, 2014Pretty crazy.@OkStateHistory @pistolsguy dude that’s my Uncle. Sweet pic— Zac Robinson (@Zac_Robinson5) September 9, 2014Clickity click.Miss the game? Here are five Daxx Garman throws that gave #okstate fans hope last weekend. http://t.co/D9ZAFrAVPh— O’Colly (@OColly) September 9, 2014InstagramSomebody dyed the water black?Nice. Hah.https://twitter.com/GunterS_CRFF/status/509464289296404481Twitter….Who has American Government and has taken the quiz already?? #OkState— Nathan Hiatt (@NATE_HIATT) September 9, 2014Yep.https://twitter.com/joshbmcc/status/509424839120420864Anybody know? Awesome photo, btw.Sort of surprised nobody has identified the letterman yet. Who it is makes the pic even more awesome. #okstate pic.twitter.com/xWixRq1ORd— Mike Harris (@TheMikeHarris) September 9, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img roundup_header_rlTwitterHah.When I say OSU here and people think i am referring to Ohio State. #fail #GoPokes #Okstate #NotInOKAnymore #PA— Bobbie J. (@thebobbiej) September 10, 2014!!https://twitter.com/2ZackMiller1/status/509553525651955712Exactly.Yes, throwing across your body is really difficult. But Daxx Garman makes one great pass & #okstate fans want to crown him Weeden incarnate.— John W Snyder (@johnwsnyder) September 10, 2014Good question.Where do the #UTSA fans hang out online? Going to be a big test for #OKState— Chris Ross (@ChrisRossSports) September 10, 2014Wait so were the Internet rumors true?!I’m hearing Walsh expected to be out 6 weeks minimum. Could be a gift just by eliminating indecision about who should start for #OkState— Christian Favalora (@CFavalora) September 9, 2014last_img read more

Report: Portugal 1 United States 1

first_imgPortugal 1 United States 1: Horvath horror show hands hosts a draw Ben Spratt 06:42 11/15/17 DaveSarachan - cropped Getty Images Portugal and United States battled to a hard-fought draw, with goalkeeping antics at either end contributing to an entertaining affair. Ethan Horvath’s woeful error took the shine off a promising United States display as they earned a 1-1 draw against European champions Portugal in Leiria.Interim USA coach Dave Sarachan assembled a makeshift squad for the clash, with previous boss Bruce Arena having departed following his side’s failure to reach the World Cup with a shock defeat to Trinidad and Tobago last month.The visitors – facing a similarly experimental Portugal team –  performed better than many would have expected as 19-year-old Weston McKennie, making his senior international bow, secured a deserved lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, it was an advantage that lasted just 10 minutes thanks to Horvath’s moment of misery. The Club Brugge goalkeeper spectacularly failed to gather Vitorino Antunes’ cross, instead poorly helping the ball into the net for a 31st-minute equaliser to hand Portugal a route back into the game.Portugal indeed improved from that point onwards but, without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, lacked the cutting edge to punish further mistakes.Sarachan’s side likewise could not capitalise on a second-half rally – McKennie hitting the woodwork with their best effort – but both teams will hope to reap the benefits of testing fringe men on the international stage.A small step forward. Strong showing from the #USMNT in its 2017 finale. pic.twitter.com/i6lqpnikjI— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 14, 2017Portugal were dealt an early blow when stand-in captain Pepe went off with an apparent foot injury and the visitors – boosted by the enthusiasm of teenage debutants Tyler Adams and McKennie – made an energetic start.McKennie’s big moment arrived in the 21st minute. The Schalke midfielder collected a pass on the left of the penalty area and danced inside a back-tracking Ricardo Ferreira before wrong-footing Beto with a smart finish.However, the hard work was undone by a comical error from Horvath, who allowed Antunes’ driven cross to slip through both his hands and legs to improbably find the bottom-left corner.Horvath recovered well to hold a testing Manuel Fernandes strike, but another mistake followed and he was fortunate to save Danilo’s effort after gifting possession to the midfielder 25 yards from goal.United States retained an attacking threat, though, and John Brooks saw a headed effort harshly ruled out for an alleged foul from a corner.Adams almost joined McKennie on the scoresheet early in the second half, but Beto brilliantly clawed away a back-post header and was then alert again to block Eric Lichaj’s powerful shot.McKennie nodded against the crossbar from the consequent corner, before Goncalo Paciencia thumped the woodwork at the other end with Horvath’s half-time replacement Bill Hamid well beaten.Substitute Cameron Carter-Vickers appeared set to restore United States’ lead as he controlled inside the six-yard box, but Beto’s unorthodox volleyed clearance – his high studs only just missing the opponent – kept the scores level.Unconvincing goalkeepers having been the theme of the day, Hamid then spilled Antunes’ effort before reclaiming the ball just in front of the goal line to ensure his side returned home with a creditable draw. read morelast_img read more

Video: Christian Hackenberg Takes Devastating Hit During AAF Game

first_imgchristian hackenberg looks onto the field during an nfl gameEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JANUARY 01: Christian Hackenberg #5 of the New York Jets watches from the sidelines during the second half of their game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)Former star Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg did not have a great Week 1 performance in the Alliance of American Football league. The performance was better in Week 2, though it included some huge hits.Hackenberg, who’s playing for the Memphis Express, took some massive hits during his team’s game on Saturday night. One of those hits came after a touchdown.The former Penn State quarterback scrambled for a touchdown on a  3rd-and-3 early in the fourth quarter to give his team an 18-6 lead over the Arizona Hotshots.Hackenberg was crushed in the end zone by Hotshots linebacker Steven Johnson, who received a 15-yard penalty for the hit.Here’s the play:pic.twitter.com/t0xNm5oHBL— Doug Dimmadome (@HaveYouSeenADog) February 17, 2019That’s pretty brutal.The rest of the game did not go well for Hackenberg and Co., though.The Hotshots made a big comeback in the game, scoring 14 unanswered points to pull of a 20-18 victory over the Memphis Express. Arizona is now 2-0 in the league.Hackenberg, meanwhile, finished 14-for-25 for 102 yards, adding seven carries for 39 yards on the ground.The Memphis Express are now 0-2 in the league.last_img read more

Courage Marine to Get New Largest Shareholder

first_imgzoom Bermuda-incorporated dry bulk shipping company Courage Marine has been notified by three of its substantial shareholders that they entered into a share transfer agreement with Success United Development.The share transfer between Sea-Sea Marine, China Lion and Pilot Assets on one side, and Success United Development on the other, is expected to be completed by October 14, after which Success United Development will control 27.47% of the issued share capital of Courage Marine, and become the company’s largest shareholder.Courage Marine also reported that Hsu Chih-Chien will resign as chairman and non-executive director, Wu Chao-Huan will resign as managing director and executive director and Chu Wen Yuan will resign as an independent non-executive director.Sea-Sea Marine, China Lion and Pilot Assets shall procure the three new directors nominated by Success to be appointed as executive director and chairman of the board; executive director and chief executive officer of the company; and an independent non-executive director, all with effect from the date of the share completion.last_img read more

Nikhat Deepak storm into semifinals India on a roll

first_imgNew Delhi: Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) and Asian silver-medallist Deepak Singh (49kg) were the prominent ones to assure themselves of medals on Wednesday as Indian boxers continued their commanding performance at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok. Nikhat, also an Asian Championships bronze-medallist, recorded a 5-0 triumph over Uzbekistan’s Sitora Shogdarova. In the men’s draw, Deepak took barely a couple of minutes to leave his rival Samak Saehan of Thailand with a bloodied forehead, forcing a stoppage in the first round itself. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The bout went well for me and I think my game is coming together very nicely,” Nikhat said. Also advancing to the medal rounds were Ashish (69kg), Manju Rani (48kg), Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg). Ashish defeated Jamaica’s Joshua Frazer 5-0, putting in a dominating performance. Husammuddin also toyed with his Korean rival Lee Yechan before fetching a 5-0 verdict, putting on quite a show with his attacking game. Brijesh, on the other hand, had to toil a bit to edge past Thailand’s Jakka Pong Yomkhot 4-1. But Manju had no trouble out-punching Italy’s Roberta Bonati in the women’s draw. The Indian won on a unanimous decision. However, Asian silver-medallist Manisha Moun (57kg) lost to Russia’s Luidmila Vorontsova in a unanimous verdict to sign off without a medal at this event.last_img read more

Nova Scotia First Nation fights Ottawa over Jordans Principle to help disabled

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is now a waiting game for the Pictou Landing band council and a mother of a severely disabled child in Nova Scotia.They’ve filed an affidavit against the government seeking access to funds through Jordan’s Principle.APTN National News reporter Taryn Della files a report on this journey for justice.last_img

Monitor grievances intensely to minimize pendency cops told

first_imgNew Delhi: In a meeting to review the redressal of grievances received through Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), Delhi Police was told that there should be sustained efforts at the police station level to build up trust among citizens of Delhi. Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Chairman, Public Grievances Commission which was attended by officers from districts, Vigilance, Special Cell, Crime Branch, SPUWAC, Traffic and other departments of Delhi Police. “In the meeting, one Deputy Secretary official explained the nature of cases and grievances of common people, complainants being received and redressed in the Commission,” sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further said that more often than not, the grievances are not being heard properly by the police officers, Investigating officers enquiring into the matter are not allowed to meet the SHO and supervisory officers. “One patient hearing to the complainant at the initial stage strengthen the trust of the public in police,” Deputy Secretary said. In the meeting, the city police were appreciated for their hard work to ensure the safety of Delhi’ites, they were told to be more sensitive to problems of common man and deal more efficiently with the complaints. The complainant should be updated regarding the progress of investigation in their cases at regular interval of 15 days. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Officials should listen to the public and their grievances and not let them wait for so long,” sources added. “In the meeting, the emphasis was given upon the effective supervision of police authorities over the subordinates to improve the quality of police performance as well as functioning,” sources further said. At the conclusion of the meeting, the emphasis was given to regular and intense monitoring of the grievances to minimize pendency. It was also stressed upon the need to clear the pendency in CPGRAM cases within the time frame of 21 days and desired that some of the grievances which are pending for six months or one year should be disposed of immediately.last_img read more

MAD 170 Million 17 Million Seized at House of Moroccan Towns

Rabat – Moroccan police have allegedly seized MAD 170 million, equivalent to about USD 17 million, at the house of Zine El Abidine El Houass, and the, member of the parliament and mayor of Had Soualem, a town near Casablanca, according to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Alyoum in its June 29 issue.According to the same source, El Houass is being held in custody for blackmail, falsification, abuse of power, intimidation, forgery and use of forgery and corruption.The whopping amount of money was allegedly found in form of bundles of MAD 200 papers, and an additional amount of more MAD 30 million was found in his bank account. According to the same source, people acquainted with the arrest of the MP have neither confirmed nor denied the seizure of MAD 170 million in his house.El Houass had previously been arrested by the police under instructions from the Attorney-General at the Casablanca Court of Appeal, following complaints from contractors and companies in Had Soualem.The parliamentarian’s conduct was exposed following the reception of 80 million centimes, which he considered to be a “gift” and not a bribe. During the investigations, the unidentified person who gave El Houass the money explained to the police that he was blackmailed by the town’s mayor, who forced him to provide 80 million centimes if he wanted to obtain a license to build a housing division.During his hearing by the police, the mayor of Had Soualem was faced with a number of questions and accusations of embezzlement of public money and bribery, especially related to real estate investments.According to Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Alyoum, a number of real estate developers and contractors asserted that they had acquired housing licenses and work permits only after the payment of large sums of money toEl Houass.The investigations also revealed that large sums of money were transferred to the accounts of his wife, mother in law, and some of his family members to avoid suspicions.El Houass who has now been stripped of his duties as mayor, was prevented from traveling at Mohammed V International Airport a few days ago under the instructions of the Attorney-General pending investigations by the members of the National Police and Judicial Police. He explained his sudden travel decision to be his and his family’s interest in performing Umrah, read more

Haiti UN agency recruits young people to assist with postquake relief

Hoping to harness the energy and enthusiasm of young people, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recruited dozens of them to help drive the reconstruction effort in the wake of last month’s catastrophic Haiti earthquake.One of the 66 youth volunteers, Louis Anglade, 20, was studying to be a psychologist when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the impoverished Caribbean nation on 12 January.He hopes to return to his studies eventually because “as the country rebuilds, it’s going to need that kind of help,” he said, noting that for now, he is honing his ability to work with people in a time of extraordinary stress and vulnerability.With young people between the ages of 15 and 24 comprising nearly one quarter of Haiti’s population, UNFPA believes they could be a powerful force as the country, already the poorest in the Western Hemisphere before the quake, seeks to recover.The volunteers are working to improve the health of residents of makeshift shelters across the hardest-hit city and capital, Port-au-Prince, by providing supplementary food for 53,000 children and 16,000 pregnant and new mothers as part of a programme bringing together UN agencies, their partners and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population.Working in teams of two, the volunteers visit camps, meet with local leaders, and identify women and children in need of food supplements after the quake, which has claimed over 200,000 lives.On the first day, they explain the programme and distribute de-worming medication for young children and vouchers for food, which is supplied the following day. Pregnant and lactating mothers and children ages 3-5 receive three-week rations of high-energy biscuits, while younger children are given plumpy nut, a ready-to-eat formula to prevent acute malnutrition of vulnerable children.The project’s success will be evaluated before the three-week mark, said Nikette Ormélus, UNFPA’s youth programme manager in Haiti.Mr. Anglade had the opportunity to meet Kris Allen, last year’s winner of the wildly popular United States television show “American Idol,” on his recent visit to Haiti.“I know this is hard,” Mr. Allen told the volunteer. “I’m impressed by the job you and everyone else are doing.”A special episode of the televised singing competition tonight will spotlight humanitarian efforts in Haiti. The more than 40 million viewers expected to tune in to the programme, a joint effort with the UN Foundation (UNF), will have the opportunity to contribute to the world body’s relief and recovery work in the country. 25 February 2010Hoping to harness the energy and enthusiasm of young people, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recruited dozens of them to help drive the reconstruction effort in the wake of last month’s catastrophic Haiti earthquake. read more

Gambia Prison Services Graduates 43 Inmates On Life Skills

first_imgBy Ndey SoweThe Gambia Prison Services (GPS) on Wednesday November 14th 2018, graduated prison inmates in electrical installation, plumbing, tailoring, and information technology.In his opening remarks, the Director General of Prisons Ansumana Manneh, said it is another mile stone in the history of Gambia Prisons to witness another graduation of 43 inmates in various disciplines. Manneh said this could not have been possible without the assistance of institutions and partners in this reformation process, to help inmates become assets in their community, after their release. Manneh said the new era of dispensation assures respect for use of the minimum rules of international correction practices; that correction centers are meant to be transform the wrongs committed by individuals either on purpose or circumstance. He applauded Insight Training Center (ITC) for their time and resources in imparting knowledge of various disciplines and skills on the inmates, and thank the MRC Holland Foundation for providing the enabling environment to facilitate the training process, with well-furnished classes. He urged the graduates to make the best use of the knowledge gained from the course, as they will be an asset to their families, the community, and the state.Mr. Ceesay, the Principal of the center in his statement said ITC beliefs in competency, before one is certificated. He applauded the graduates for successfully completing their training and urged them to make the best use of the skills learnt.He thank GPS and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Dakar, for supporting the skills training of inmates, in order to change the negative images of the country’s Prison Services from a punishment to a correction center, and creating job opportunities for the youth. Amie Njie, senior officer from the Ministry of Higher Education, said the training for inmates is a worthy initiative and thanked ITC for their collaboration with the GPS; that the provision of skills acquisition in Gambia’s prisons is a noble endeavour in ensuring that capacity is enhanced to enable in-mates live better lives after serving their jail terms. She revealed that the Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology in its drive to enhance the human resource of the country, has developed policies meant to guide the process of capacity development. She applauded the Netherlands Embassy in Dakar and MRC Holland foundation and her Ministry for their generosity, and urged them to continue to foster the good working relationship with ITC.Other speakers included a representative of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Theo Peters and the Minister of the Interior. The vote of thanks was given by Terrick Bright.last_img read more

Parents keep students home from school in protest of SDUSDs sex ed

first_imgRecently in late February, more than 100 parents, teachers, pastors, and other community leaders rallied, held a press conference, and lobbied board members during public comment, submitting 5,000 of petition signatures to the SDUSD Board of Education.The petition demands that the highly controversial sex program is suspended until a more suitable alternative can be identified and adopted—a better program that is age appropriate, evidence-based, and respects community values.“This is not a minor issue that SDUSD can continue to ignore. We represent a growing number of parents and community leaders who believe SHEP is ‘too much, too soon,’” stated SDUSD parent and teacher Ashley Bever. “Parents should read the curriculum themselves and seriously consider opting their children out of this harmful program. It is too graphic, too extreme, and too oversexualizing, and must be replaced. We don’t believe mutual masturbation, oral sex and anal sex should be promoted to our eleven and twelve-year-old kids. SHEP grooms our sons and daughters for premature sexual interest, experimentation, and engagement, leading to the sexual objectification of our children. We just want the district to step back and start over, partnering with parents so that our kids can truly make healthy sexual choices. Families in San Diego want and deserve a sex ed. program that is age appropriate, evidenced-based, medically accurate, and respects community values.”The board responded in a statement saying, “We encourage all parents to learn the facts about sexual health and how we teach it. We’ve created a website to make it easy for parents to get the information they need. Our education program was constructed with input from parents, faith leaders and community residents to comply with Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s California Healthy Youth Act,” said Maureen Magee, SDUSD Director of Communications. “After being informed about the program, less than 1 percent of parents chose to exclude their children from learning about sexual health when the curriculum was implemented districtwide last school year.”For parents who want to learn more,  visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/shepFor parents who want to join Concerned Parents of San Diego, email info@SanDiegoSexEd.comFor parents in Oceanside who want to get involved, visit www.oceansidesexed.com May 30, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Parents protesting San Diego Unified School District’s Sexual Health Education Program, pulled their kids out of school Tuesday.The “sit out” was organized by the Concerned Parents of San Diego, a grouping lobbying for the controversial sex ed program to be suspended until parents can have more input.The protest was followed by a rally in front of district headquarters. About 50 parents then went inside the school board meeting during public comment, demanding trustees take action. The momentum is now growing in Oceanside, where parents also participated in the sit-out and rallied with parents in San Diego. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Ashlie Rodriguez center_img Posted: May 30, 2018 Updated: 10:58 PM Parents keep students home from school in protest of SDUSD’s sex ed curriculum Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Army sergeant to be charged in Afghan killings

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to be told Friday he faces 17 counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, along with other charges, in connection with a shooting rampage in two southern Afghanistan villages that shocked Americans back home and further roiled U.S.-Afghan relations.The charges come almost two weeks after the massacre in which Bales allegedly left his base in the early morning hours and shot Afghans, including women and nine children, while they slept in their beds, then burned some of the bodies.Bales will be read the charges on Friday at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where he has been held since being flown from Afghanistan last week, a U.S. official said.Bales’ civilian attorney, John Henry Browne, said Friday without commenting on the specific charges that he believes the government will have a hard time proving its case and that at some stage in the prosecution his client’s mental state will be an important issue.In addition to murder and attempted murder, the charges will include six counts of aggravated assault as well as a number of other violations of military law, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the charges before they were announced.last_img read more

Pope to bishops Be creative about families needs

first_imgVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has called for a creative, humble approach as the Vatican ponders why many in the Catholic Church have gone their own way on sexual and family issues like contraception, pre-marital sex and divorce.A Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday opened a two-week meeting of 200 cardinals and bishops from around the world, who know that many in their flock, despite considering themselves Catholic, defy church teaching on sexual matters. The most contentious issues include bans on artificial birth control and on Communion for divorced faithful who remarry. The Catholic church considers divorced Catholics who remarry to be living in sin. It says those Catholics can only receive Communion by abstaining from sex with their new spouses.Feedback from a survey Francis had his bishops give last year confirmed the gap between pastors and parishioners on sexual matters.Without elaborating, Francis lamented that ”pastors lay intolerable burdens on the shoulders of others.” His homily Sunday spelled out the spirit he wants church leaders to bring to the synod, as the meeting is called. ”Synod gatherings are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas, or to see who is more intelligent,” Francis said. Rather, it’s an opportunity to ”work generously with authentic freedom and humble creativity.”last_img read more

Amazon is making Alexaenabled earbuds to take on AirPods

first_img See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple AirPods 2019 Amazon See It Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) 0 $144 See It Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice $159 See It Tagscenter_img • $144 reading • Amazon is making Alexa-enabled earbuds to take on Apple AirPods, report says Apple Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Amazon may release a competitor to Apple’s AirPods.  Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon is reportedly gearing up to take on Apple’s AirPods. The e-commerce giant is working on wireless earbuds with built-in access to Alexa, according to a Thursday report by Bloomberg. The earbuds, which would resemble AirPods and include similar features, could reportedly come as soon as the second half of this year. Amazon’s team is working to create better sound quality in the company’s earbuds, the report said. Wearers will be able to use voice commands to order products, listen to music, check the weather and find other information, Bloomberg said. Saying “Alexa” will call up the digital assistant, and the earbuds will reportedly also feature physical gesture controls, like tapping to answer or end calls and to change songs.Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The e-tailer has dabbled in mobile hardware before with its Fire Phone, which was a major flop. This could be an opportunity for the company to take Alexa, which is available in some cars, beyond homes on a larger scale. The earbuds reportedly won’t come with cellular connectivity, so you’d have to pair them with your phone. They’ll come in a case that also serves as a charger, according to Bloomberg, and could come in black and gray. Apple launched its second-generation AirPods last month, starting at $159. They boast longer battery life, wireless charging and Siri compatibility. Beats, owned by the iPhone maker, plans to announce its own completely wireless PowerBeats headphones this month.  Post a comment $144 Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Mobile Accessories Amazon Applelast_img read more

Gov Hogan The Family…Deserves to Get Answers

first_imgBy Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROFor months, the circumstances surrounding the death of Anton Black in police custody received little scrutiny.  The investigation as to why Black died during his encounter with Greensboro, Md. police on Sept. 15, seemed stalled.But, now after a concerted effort by Anton’s family and their supporters to call attention to the case, pressure on investigators is mounting.19-year old Anton Black, was killed while in police custody under dubious circumstances. (Courtesy Photo)This week civil rights leaders and politicians weighed in, calling for the State Medical Examiner’s office and the Greensboro Police Department to release the autopsy report and body cam footage respectively. It’s a move they say would ease doubts about the way the probe has been handled so far.“The family has the right to both, and the decision on whether to release the footage of the autopsy should rest with them, not the department,” State Sen. Jill P. Carter told The AFRO.“By veiling this public information in secrecy, the department fuels distrust suspicion, and anger.”Greensboro Police say they will only allow the family to view body camera footage. But the family has asked that it be made public.On Jan. 23, Greensboro Police said they would release the body cam video during a hastily called press conference. Yet, city officials announced they would delay making it available to the public.A spokesman explained that the move was requested by the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s office. A representative of the office offered no explanation for the delay.The state’s top official Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also urged the Maryland State Police and Medical Examiner’s office to complete their investigation quickly.“I’m very frustrated that we haven’t gotten answers yet,” Hogan told The Baltimore Sun. “I’ve been pushing both the state police and the medical examiner to finish their investigation as quickly as they possibly can. The family, the police department, the community, everyone deserves to get answers.”Both the state police and the Caroline County State Attorney’s office say they are awaiting the autopsy report before moving forward.  However, the office of the state Medical Examiner will not comment on the case or provide a timeline for when the autopsy will be completed.Questions about the sequence of events that lead to Anton’s fatal encounter with police have swirled since the state champion track star and budding model was chased to his Greensboro home on Sept. 15, 2018.“He was going back and forth to New York on his own for different events, for commercials and stuff like that,” his father Anton Black, Sr. said.  “He was really moving. And he came home to visit his mother here, and they [police] took his life.”Shortly after his death, state police released a statement that a Greensboro police officer stopped Anton after a 911 caller alleged he was dragging a 12-year-old boy.  Later, a White woman purporting to be the caller defended the police on Facebook “So glad I called!” she exclaimed.Attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.But family members and supporters refute that story.  They say the young boy who accompanied Anton that day was a relative and lifelong friend.“That is his cousin-in-law, because the boy’s cousin is married to my daughter, we’re all in the same family,” his father, Anton Black, Sr. told The Real News Network.They also cite surveillance footage of the stop that shows Anton and the boy walking together.“I saw two individuals walking up the road, and then all of sudden you saw this police car coming up.  And then you see Anton run,” said Richard Potter, former president of the Talbot County NAACP who is leading a coalition to support the family.And while the events leading up to the police stop remain contentious, Anton’s mother Janelle Black who watched her son die, has little doubt about what happened.“He had Anton in a headlock,” she said, describing the scene outside her Greensboro home shortly after Anton cried out for help as he struggled with police. “They kept trying to handcuff him. I saw Anton kick his legs, and I did say, keep still. But that was his last kick,” said Jennell Black.“I said he’s turning blue.”Still, police have declined to comment on her story. And the town leadership, including an all-White council, has remained defiant.Last week they voted to put the officer who stopped Anton, Tom Webster, on administrative duties.  However, the move came only after weeks of pressure from residents. City officials told The AFRO Webster still has full police powers.Indeed, the hiring of Webster was controversial from the start. Previous to joining the Greensboro police department Webster was indicted in Delaware for kicking an African-American suspect in the jaw, breaking it in the process.He was acquitted of second degree assault after a trial, and resigned from the Dover, Del., police department.   That’s when Greensboro town officials hired him.At a recent community meeting, residents who opposed his hiring said his addition to the department marked a crackdown on the African-American community; a change in policing strategy they say may have precipitated the chase that lead to Anton’s death.“We had officers that cared that were invested. And if those officers were here on that day and they saw those two young men, knowing the history, knowing that they were friends, it would have never been misconceived to be what it was described as,” Greensboro resident Christina Robinson said.Doubts about the progress of the investigation continue to grow.“It not only concerns me, it is concerning to the public, there are a lot of unanswered questions that the medical examiner’s report might answer,” Carl Snowden, organizer of the Caucus of African-American leaders said of the yet-to-be completed autopsy.“One of them is how did he die?”last_img read more

OnLive offering 99 Game System for free with Homefront preorder

first_imgOnLive is serious about getting us all gaming in the cloud. So much so that the OnLive Game System is now being offered for free with a game pre-order.The offer runs until March 14 and sees you get the $99 Game System completely free when Homefront is pre-ordered for $49. As an added bonus Metro 2033 will also be available to play for free after purchase.Steve Perlman, CEO of OnLive said:This is a watershed event: It’s the first time a game system has ever been given away with the purchase of a game. Homefront is one of the biggest games coming out this quarter, and we wanted gamers to see just how incredible is to have the hottest title playable with the instant-play, massive spectating experience on their HDTV that is only possible through OnLive. The Game System consists of a MicroConsole that connects to your TV and wired broadband. A wireless controller is then used to play the games from the comfort of your favorite TV chair. Alternatively you can play on your PC without need for the Game System.Beyond the initial free game and Game System, OnLive is also offering a $9.99 per month plan introduced earlier this month. This PlayPack offers up 38 games to play all streamed from the OnLive servers to your home, with the line-up of games expanding all the time.Although this offer runs until March 14 it could end much sooner than that if OnLive run out of Game System stocks.Read more at OnLive and VentureBeatMatthew’s OpinionOnLive is trying to build its player base quickly and therefore giving away the Game System makes a lot of sense. While it may normally cost $99 to purchase, OnLive pay nowhere near that amount to get the MicroConsole and joypad manufactured. The loss made on giving it away will soon be recouped by anyone taking out a PlayPack offer or choosing to purchase other games.What has yet to be proven is whether OnLive is something that has mass-market potential. The main selling point for gamers is the ability to run the latest games on non-gaming PCs and your TV. Is that enough to get gamers choosing it alongside or instead of a Sony/Microsoft game console?last_img read more