The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA The Australian captain converted from the spot in the 72nd after referee Nestor Pitana penalized Bryan Acosta for a hand ball and calmly slotted home another penalty in the 85th to ensure Australia qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup.“I’ll take them all,” Jedinak said of his goals. “It wouldn’t have mattered who scored. I’m happy to chip in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutForward Alberth Elis got a consolation goal for Honduras deep into injury time.Honduras earned a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over Mexico on a hectic last day of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean, securing fourth spot and ensuring the U.S. missed out. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Australia had the better opportunities in a 0-0 draw in the first leg last Friday in San Pedro Sula.But after a frustrating first half, when Tom Rogic created the only real chance with a mistimed shot in the 37th, Australia dominated the second half.Australia had opportunities to qualify directly for Russia in Asian qualifying but missed out on goal difference to Saudi Arabia in a tight finish in that group.That forced the Australians into an Asian playoff against Syria, which veteran Tim Cahill sealed with two goals in Sydney last month to set Australia up for the last-ditch home-and-away series against Honduras.The Australians edged Uruguay on penalties in a playoff in 2005 to qualify for the following year’s World Cup in Germany, and then qualified directly for 2010 and 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Australia’s Mile Jedinak scores a goal against Honduras during their World Cup soccer playoff deciding match in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Munoz)SYDNEY — Mile Jedinak led Australia into next year’s World Cup with a deflected free kick and two penalties in Wednesday’s 3-1 intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras.Jedinak, who missed the latter stages of Australia’s Asian qualifying campaign because of injury, opened the scoring when his free kick curled to the left of the wall and went in off defender Henry Figueroa in the 54th minute, bringing the 77,060 crowd at Sydney’s Olympic stadium to life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said his Socceroos “did it the hard way, but we deserve to be there.”The final word went to the jubilant Jedinak, a veteran midfielder who plays for second-tier Aston Villa in England.“We got the job done and that’s all that matters — it’s going to be a big 2018,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We have a long-term plan all the way to Tokyo 2020, I don’t want to commit the same mistakes I had in Rio, so this early I want to prepare,” added Tabal who stands to receive P300,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.READ: Tabal wins half marathon in CanadaBy all indications, Tabal has already put aside her rift with the Philippine Track and Field Association as she went on to hug Patafa chief Philip Ella Juico at the end of the race.Juico stationed himself by the drinking station and even handed her drinks in one of the four loops around Putrajaya government district.She also made no mention of her strained relations with the athletics body that sacked her twice in the last two years over issues regarding her coaches and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Soon after crossing the finish line in this kingly, immense district, Mary Joy Tabal said she would like to immediately visit a church.“It’s been a long time since I went to church, I have so much to thank God for,” said Tabal after ruling the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon for the country’s first gold.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Her gold medal victory, the first for the Philippines in this SEA Games, made it all seemed right.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tabal said that every time she passed by the end of the loop where Filipino fans were gathered, “it’s like all my hardships disappear.”READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I would feel very heavy physically, but I just decided to go my own pace. I knew that God will guide me as long as I keep running and keep my own pace” said Tabal.Now the petite lass from Guba, Cebu City is setting her sights on the Asian Games next year in Indonesia. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
NEW YORK — The investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves will loom over the network’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday.But no major decisions are expected right away. A newly revamped board will have to decide by the end of January whether Moonves receives a $120 million severance package. It will also have to chart the path for CBS to recover from the scandal.Moonves was ousted in September after The New Yorker published allegations from 12 women who said he subjected them to mistreatment. The network launched an investigation with two outside law firms.Shareholders will vote to elect 11 board members, six of whom came aboard in a reshuffling after the scandal broke.The Associated Press
Yu originally had planned to join the Resource Coalition Convoy in Ottawa to voice concerns over Bill C48 and Bills C69, which could threaten the energy industry.The Convoy, organized by Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action, was scheduled to leave Red Deer sometime in mid-February.No plans to reschedule have been made. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – FSJ for LNG says the Resource Coalition Convoy has been cancelled.In a Facebook post, Alan Yu, Founder and Chairman of FSJ for LNG says that it was no longer viable to proceed with the planned Convoy, adding that they will be fully refunding donors.“Unfortunately, we have come to the decision that it is no longer viable to proceed with our planned convoy. We cannot confidently mitigate the unexpected challenges associated with this event. As such, we will be issuing full refunds to all of our donors.”
New Delhi: It was a sunny morning in the national capital on Saturday with the maximum temperature expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius, with thunderstorms and squalls expected in the later part of the day. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22.4 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average. “The sky was clear in morning. Thunderstorm with squall is likely to take place,” an Indian Meteorological Department official said. At 8.30 a.m. the humidity was recorded at 58 per cent. On Friday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 39.3 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s average, while the minimum was season’s average at 20 degrees Celsius.
New Delhi: McDonald’s India and its estranged partner Vikram Bakshi have been directed by the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) to appear before it and deposit the proceeds of the proposed settlement with respect to their joint venture firm CPRL. Earlier this month, fast food chain McDonald’s reached an out-of-court settlement with Bakshi, buying out Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt Ltd from the joint venture. Allowing an application by the state-owned HUDCO on May 9, the presiding officer of DRT II Delhi has directed Bakshi not to transfer his 3,100 attached share of Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd (CPRL), a Joint venture between him and McDonald’s India to operate fast food chain in northern and eastern India. Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), which is claiming a dues of Rs 194.98 crore from Bakshi and his related entities, in its petition filed before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) informed that notices regarding orders of the DRT was already served to both the partners. “The presiding officer directed McDonald’s India and Vikram Bakshi to appear before the DRT and deposit the proceeds of the settlement with the DRT II, Delhi. “Furthermore, Vikram Bakshi was directed not to transfer the attached shares (of CPRL) and also to file the details of the rates of the shares as on date,” said HUDCO. The DRT had also issued attachment notice with respect to the bank accounts of Ascot Hotels & Resorts. “It is clear that respondent Vikram Bakshi can not alienate or transfer his shares in CPRL in view of the specific directions of the DRT vide order February 2, 2016, where Vikram Bakshi was restrained from transferring or alienating or creating any third party interest in respect of the said shares,” the corporation said. However, it is not clear whether Bakshi and representatives of McDonald’s India have appeared before the DRT yet. Bakshi had given guarantee to HUDCO against a loan of Rs 62.38 crore to Ascot Hotels and Resorts for a commercial project in Noida, UP in 2006, which was defaulted and declared as NPA in August 2011. To recover it, HUDCO then had moved the DRT in 2013 and requested to attach 3,100 shares (having a value of Rs 1,000 each) in CPRL, which were in the name of Bakshi. “The respondent Vikram Bakshi had given his affidavit and undertaking that the shares held by him in CPRL will not be alienated or transferred,” said HUDCO while annexing copy of Bakshi’s affidavit in its petition filed before the NCLAT. Passing the judgement, the DRT had on August 12, 2015 issued recovery certificate in favour of HUDCO to recover the sum along with 14 per cent interest from Ascot Hotels, Vikram Bakshi, Madhurima Bakshi and Vikram Bakshi & Co Ltd. Thereafter, respondent, including Bakshi, was asked to disclose their details of movable and immovable assets. However, on their repeated failure to do so, HUDCO moved the DRT again for attachment of their bank account and 3,100 shares held by Bakshi in CPRL. On this, DRT had on February 2, 2016 issued “interim directions restraining Vikram Bakshi from alienating or transferring or creating any third party interest in the 3,100 shares of CPRL or any other quantity in the name of Vikram Bakshi till further orders.” Last week, when HUDCO came to know about the settlement between Bakshi and McDoanld’s, it moved an intervention application before the NCLAT, where both have filed petition against each other. “The settlement so arrived at between the appellant (McDonald’s India) and respondent (Bakshi) with regards to transfer of shares to the appellant without settling the dues of the applicant/intervenor (HUDCO) will cause grave and irreparable losses to the public exchequer,” said HUCO, adding that it can not proceed without its approval. HUDCO in its petition has requested the appellate tribunal to direct Bakshi “to furnish complete particulars and documents relating to the settlement” and to “deposit the entire proceeds of settlement” before the DRT for discharge of liability towards it. Earlier on May 6, estranged partners McDonald’s and Bakshi had informed the NCLAT that they were working towards an out-of-court settlement to end their dispute. On May 9, they announced an out-of-court settlement with the US fast food chain agreeing to buy Bakshi’s stake from their joint venture that operated outlets of the chain in north and east India. The details of the pact, including financial terms, were not disclosed. During the last hearing on May 15, 2019, the NCLAT had suggested Bakshi and his entities to settle the matter with HUDCO and has posted the matter on May 27 for next date of hearing. Meanwhile, a two-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairperson Justice S J Mukhopadhaya also said: “The pendency of the appeal will not come in the way of Vikram Bakshi & Others to negotiate and settle the matter with HUDCO”.
The United States was seconds away from defeating Portugal on Sunday when Michael Bradley, normally one of the steadiest American players, mishandled a ball in midfield and gave Portugal a last opportunity. Silvestre Varela took advantage, scoring on a header.But the 2-2 draw was a result the U.S. might have been happy with before the match began. It improved the Americans’ odds of advancing to the knockout round of the World Cup. Those chances are up to 76 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast, an improvement from 65 percent before Sunday’s match.That 76 percent figure may even be slightly low, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment. Still, the U.S. will not be guaranteed advancement unless it manages at least a draw against Germany on Thursday in Recife, Brazil. If the U.S. loses, the Portugal-Ghana game, which will kick off simultaneously in Brasilia, could cause heartbreak for Americans. You may want to have two screens at your disposal for Thursday’s matches.The U.S. has essentially three ways to advance to the knockout stage:The easy way. First, it could draw or beat Germany. That might not sound so challenging, but the Germans are the third-best team in the world, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. Our forecast gives the U.S. a 14 percent chance of a win and a 22 percent chance of a draw — but a 64 percent chance of a loss. As a bonus, however, the U.S. will advance first from Group G if it beats Germany. That matters because the first-place team from Group G is likely to face Russia or Algeria in the Round of 16 — while the second-place team will face a stronger side in Belgium.The almost-as-easy way. Next, the United States could lose to Germany but advance if Ghana and Portugal draw in Brasilia. Our forecast puts the chance of a Ghana-Portugal draw at 29 percent.The hard way. Finally, the U.S. could lose to Germany but advance because it edges either Portugal or Ghana — whichever team wins in Brasilia — on goal differential or another of FIFA’s tiebreakers.Let’s talk tiebreakers. FIFA resolves ties in the group stage in the following order: goal differential, goals scored, head-to-head results. (Eventually, it gets down to drawing lots.)So far, the United States has four goals scored and three allowed — a +1 differential. Ghana has scored three times but allowed four goals — a -1 differential. Portugal has scored twice but allowed six goals, giving them a -4.That seems favorable for the U.S. But we’re specifically concerned about the scenario where the United States loses Thursday and there’s a victor in Brasilia. In that case, the goal differential will tighten.For example, if the U.S. loses to Germany 1-0 but Ghana beats Portugal 1-0, then the U.S. and Ghana would have an even goal differential. They’d also each have four goals scored and four goals allowed. So advancement would come down to the third tiebreaker — head-to-head results — and the U.S. would advance only on account of having beaten Ghana.But Ghana could advance under other scenarios. If the U.S. loses to Germany by more than one goal — not unlikely against a formidable German offense — or Ghana’s win against Portugal is by more than one goal, then Ghana will go forward.Ghana would also advance if both games are decided by one goal but Ghana’s is higher scoring. For instance, if Ghana beats Portugal 2-1 but the U.S. loses to Germany 1-0, then Ghana would advance on the basis of the goals-scored tiebreaker by having scored five goals throughout the group stage to the United States’ four.The U.S. has less to worry about if Portugal wins in Brasilia. But it’s not out of the question that the Portuguese could advance. This would require a blowout win by Portugal, a blowout loss by the U.S. or some combination thereof. For example, if the U.S. lost to Germany 3-0 and Portugal beat Ghana 3-1, then Portugal would advance.So, why I do I say that our 76 percent figure might slightly underestimate the Americans’ chances? One reason is technical rather than soccer-related: Our simulation was programmed to resolve ties beyond goals scored and goal differential randomly, rather than looking at head-to-head results, because the head-to-head tiebreaker so rarely comes into play. But if a Ghanaian win in Brasilia and an American loss in Recife come by exactly the same scoreline — e.g. Ghana 3, Portugal 2, and Germany 3, U.S. 2 — that would trigger the head-to-head tiebreaker. The probability of such an outcome is low, but it means the simulator has slightly underestimated the U.S.’s advancement prospects, perhaps by 1 or 2 percent.The other reason is that four teams in Group G know this math just as well as you or I do — and that could affect the style of play in both Recife and Brasilia. Germany has no real incentive to beat the United States — it also advances in first place from the group with a draw. A draw is also a good result for the U.S., getting it to the knockout stage. That could lead to a more conservative game plan for both teams and a slower pace, making the odds of a draw higher than they otherwise might be.Of course, just the opposite is true for Ghana and Portugal. Both teams fail to advance with a draw. In fact, a mere one-goal win would be problematic for both teams and especially for Portugal. That means they’ll have every reason to play attacking football and pile on the goals until the last minute, making a draw less likely and a lopsided score more likely than it might be ordinarily.
Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 9, 2017), we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring to break down the latest news from the NBA playoffs as we edge closer and closer to the conference championships. We discuss Celtics vs. Wizards and the sweeps by the Cavaliers and the Warriors. Next, the Mets have had a wild week, but is their injury-ridden squad cursed? Finally, FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden returns to fill us in on the attempts to run a two-hour marathon. Plus, a significant digit on Ryan Howard.You can check FiveThirtyEight’s latest NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks says the Celtics-Wizards series has been a game of coaching Whac-A-Mole.In his latest piece, FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring takes a look at Draymond Green’s defensive prowess.Chris also wrote about how Isaiah Thomas, the shortest guy in the NBA, became unstoppable.Rob Arthur wrote about the Mets’ unremarkable injury woes.FiveThirtyEight’s latest MLB predictions (updated after every game) currently give the Mets a 38 percent chance of making the playoffs.FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden shared some thoughts on Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to run a two-hour marathon. He came tantalizingly close.Significant Digit: .184, Ryan Howard’s batting average for the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett team. Howard was released from his contract on Monday after 11 games. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight
OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Lantern file photoOn Friday, Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals announced his team had voted for senior catcher/infielder Jalen Washington and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer to serve as co-captains for the upcoming 2017 season. This will be the second year Washington will lead as co-captain for the Buckeyes. He served in the role last year alongside third baseman Nick Sergakis.The process of selecting the captains was done by voting amongst the players, leaving the coaches outside of the decision process. Despite this, Beals felt his team made the right decisions in selecting their captains.“We have great leadership throughout our clubhouse, but these two have more than proven themselves as leaders on the field, in the locker room, classroom and on our campus,” Beals said in a press release. “I have absolute confidence in Jalen and Adam to captain the 2017 Buckeyes.”Last season, leading the Buckeye pitching staff behind the dish, Washington was able to help drive the team to a 44-20-1 record in 2016, a Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Louisville Regional. Washington started in 62 of OSU’s 65 regular season games and slashed .249/.352/.343 with three home runs and 14 steals in 19 attempts.Washington held opposing base stealers to a .730 success rate with 14 passed balls. He also led the Big Ten in runners caught stealing, successfully throwing out 17 would-be base stealers.For Washington, it was a “tremendous honor” to be recognized as one of the team’s captains for a second year.“This means a great deal to me, to know that my teammates saw me fit to lead this team again,” Washington said in the press release. “I’m going to do my best to help push this team to play championship ball.”OSU then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn his second season in the Ohio State rotation, Niemeyer amassed 71.0 innings across 14 starts while spending time as both the Saturday and Sunday night starter, though he missed several starts towards the end of the season with a lingering hamstring injury. The right-handed finished the season with a 4.31 ERA, 70 strikeouts, only 12 walks (fewest of any starter in the rotation) and a .270 opponent’s batting average.Now faced with stepping up in the rotation following the graduation of John Havird and Cleveland Indians draft pick, former ace Tanner Tully, Niemeyer will be counted on to step up in the role as the Friday-night starter.“I am honored to be named a captain,” Niemeyer said. “It makes it even more special that it was voted on by my teammates. We have numerous leaders on our team and I cannot wait to get the season started.”The 2017 season starts on Feb. 17 for OSU in Osceola, Florida, when the Buckeyes take on the Kansas State Wildcats.
OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile Gene Smith supports covering all college costs and promising four-year scholarships, he doesn’t think student-athletes should be paid.“I am not a proponent of creating an employer-employee relationship, which changes the whole dynamic,” the Ohio State vice president and athletic director said in a July 7 interview with The Lantern. “At the end of the day, you get fired if you don’t perform if you’re an employee, and we don’t want that.”Smith said he hopes the NCAA never makes it to the point of paying student-athletes beyond the cost of attendance, and added that if it did, it could lead to less lucrative sports being cut.“I hope that we don’t get to that point,” he said. “If we do, then the men’s volleyball teams of the world, and the gymnastics teams, and all those teams — sayonara.”But rather than a salary, Smith said he is strongly in favor of covering the cost of attendance beyond just tuition for student-athletes, something the Big Ten is pushing for as well.He also said there are athletes who might not have saved up for college but who later find themselves in a position to attend school because of their athleticism.“They may have aspired to just go work in the Ford plant, and all of a sudden they become this great athlete and they’re coming from families where the families didn’t develop a war chest to support them to go to school,” he said. “So those miscellaneous expenses aren’t paid for.”Smith added the scholarship plan in place today is “old and inadequate” and needs to be changed.In a June 24 press release, the Big Ten presidents and chancellors said they want to increase their efforts toward schools covering “the full cost of a college education, as defined by the federal government.”Like Smith, the Big Ten statement acknowledged paying football and basketball players –– the sports that bring in by far the most money –– would hurt other, smaller programs.The release also touched on an intent to guarantee four-year scholarships whether the player continues to compete throughout his or her time at the university. The same would still apply if the student-athlete chose to turn pro before completing their degree.Smith said OSU already guarantees scholarships through degree completion. He added that it should be required across the board.“What the Big Ten is talking about, and what’s being talked about nationally, is that should be mandated for all schools to do that,” he said.Smith said he was at former OSU basketball player Mike Conley Jr.’s wedding recently when he started talking to Greg Oden, another former OSU basketball player who has moved into an NBA career, about what he plans to do next.“He’s unsure, but there’s a possibility he might come back and even though he’s a multi-millionaire, we’ll probably end up paying for his degree,” Smith said.While Smith and the Big Ten are pushing to cover the full cost of attendance and to guarantee scholarships, player compensation has been a hot debate around the entire NCAA recently after athletes at Northwestern University made attempts to unionize.A National Labor Relations Board ruled in March that football players at the university can qualify as employees and can therefore unionize. The players haven’t taken any steps to do so yet, however, and Northwestern filed a brief with the NLRB earlier this month detailing its opposition to its players unionizing.
Javi Gracia believes that Will Hughes, his side’s talented youngster, should be given a chance to play for the national team by Gareth Southgate as he has been impressive this season.The former Derby player managed to get himself to an incredible form but the Hornets coach insisted that he wasn’t surprised at all as he had seen from the very beginning that the player is very special.The Spanish coach spoke about the future of the talented midfielder as he said, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He didn’t surprise me. I know he is able to play very well and now I trust in the future that he will keep this level and try to improve the level of the team as well.”“I think he can improve, as with all the players, but I am happy with his level.”“He is a different player with high quality and when he plays he makes the team play as well. This is important for us.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has emphatically ruled out a move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco during the summer transfer window and congratulated Madrid for their win last Saturday.The Spain international is currently under contract at the Bernabeu until 2022 but has been constantly linked with a switch to the Premier League champions.Isco revealed prior to last weekend’s latest Champions League final success that he has no intention of joining an English club, however, and Guardiola insists that City is not tempted to make a move, according to ESPN.Speaking at an event for the Johan Cruyff Foundation, the Catalan simply stated:“When a team wins three consecutive Champions Leagues, four in five years, it’s because they’re a spectacular team,” Guardiola said.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The Champions League is a really, really tough competition — staying in it depends on a lot of things. If all these things are with you for three straight years, it’s because you’re in control of them.“The demonstration of that can be seen in Madrid after Liverpool’s equaliser. The next 10 to 15 minutes, when Liverpool were boosted by the equaliser, is when Madrid were at their best.“They control these knockout and one-off games and I take my hat off to them. To win three Champions Leagues in a row shows the quality of the team, the coach, the club … as for everyone else, try to make sure now they don’t win a fourth.”Isco has appeared 47 times in all competitions for Madrid this term, including in the 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reacted to Paris Saint-Germain draw with Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League last 16 round.He boast that his side’s fans will have to watch their side have magical football moments.Speaking to the club’s official website Al-Khelaifi said:Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe. “We face Manchester United for the first time in our club’s history. We look forward to two wonderful Champions League evenings against a respected and prestigious opponent in the last 16. Our fans will enjoy magical football moments in Manchester and at the Parc des Princes. As I always say, we must be ready to face anyone, and ready we will be!”PSG qualified for the last 16 by topping Group C with 11 points in 6 matches, progressed beyond Liverpool who has secured 9 points, Napoli with 9 points and Belgrade with just 4 points.Manchester United finished second in Group H with 10 points, behind Juventus that has 12 points as well as ahead of Valencia that has 8 points and Bern 4 points.
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 12, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling hosted the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet to the Annual Cabinet Ministers Christmas Luncheon at Government House on Monday, December 11, 2017.Pictured in the Drawing Room seated with Dame Marguerite are Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre left) and Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Carl Bethel (centre right). Also pictured from left are: Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells, and Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance the Hon. Brensil Rolle. Standing from left: Minister of State in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, and Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)Photo caption:Insert: The Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling gives welcome greetings to the Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (second left), and members of his Cabinet at the Annual Christmas Luncheon at Government House, December 11, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
However, he can veto certain items from the capital budget. The budget passed by the House restores money for university scholarships, rural energy assistance and the state’s medical school program. It also funds highway, airport and other construction projects that triggers nearly $1 billion in federal matching dollars. The Senate was still scheduled to vote on a separate budget bill that restores some of Dunleavy’s $444 million vetoes and the size of the Permanent Fund Dividend. With 32 yeas, 6 nays the Capital Budget passed two days before the July 31 deadline. The House also passed to reverse the sweep, 31 yeas, 7 nays. The reverse sweep is an item Governor Mike Dunleavy can not undo in a veto. The ‘reverse sweep’ would restore several dozen funds shifted to a state savings account per the Alaska Constitution. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Third times the charm for the Alaska House of Representatives after they narrowly passed SB 2002 on Monday afternoon passing the Capital Budget on their final attempt.
Aviation Boeing How the first 737 evolved into the Max US Tech Policy Tags Boeing CEO: 737 Max soon to be one of the safest planes Boeing details fixes to get 737 Max flying again Boeing completes test flights for 737 Max software fix Boeing CEO defends 737 Max flight control system 32 Photos After two deadly crashes of its 737 Max 8 that killed 346 people, Boeing is facing massive scrutiny over one of its newest and most critical aircraft models. The airliner remains grounded around the world, and Congress, the FBI and the Trump administration have called for an inquiry into the FAA’s certification process.The developments are a huge blow to Boeing, which has thousands of 737 Max orders on its books. The official causes of the crashes, which appear to be similar, are still under study. But so far, investigation teams in Indonesia and Ethiopia are focusing on faulty sensors and a flight control system designed to push the nose down in the air. Boeing says it has completed the necessary update for review by the FAA. But as of now, the agency has not said when that review will happen and Boeing may temporarily stop production of the plane until it flies again.Until the Max is back in the air, here’s everything else we know:What happened in the most recent crash?On March 10, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 departed Addis Ababa Bole International Airport bound for Nairobi, Kenya. Just after takeoff, the pilot radioed a distress call and was given immediate clearance to return and land. But before the crew could make it back, the aircraft crashed 40 miles from the airport at 8:44 a.m., six minutes after it left the runway. Aboard were 149 passengers and eight crew members representing more than 30 nationalities. The aircraft involved was only four months old. What was the previous crash?On Oct. 29, Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people. As with the Ethiopian crash, the flight crew lost control early in its flight and made a distress call. That aircraft was almost brand-new as well, having arrived at Lion Air three months earlier. The 737 Max 9, shown here at the 2016 Paris Air Show, is a larger version of the Max 8, but with the same piloting system that’s under investigation. Kent German/CNET What is the Boeing 737 Max 8?One of Boeing’s newest airliners, the 737 Max 8 made its first flight on Jan. 29, 2016, and entered passenger service with Malaysia’s (now defunct) Malindo Air on May 22, 2017. Seating between 162 and 210 passengers, depending on the configuration, it’s popular on shorter routes, but also has the range (3,550 nautical miles or about 4,085 miles) to fly transatlantic and between the mainland US and Hawaii. The design of the Max 8 is based on the Boeing 737, an aircraft series that has been in service since 1968. As a whole, the 737 family is the best-selling airliner in history. At any given time, thousands of some version of it are airborne around the world and some airlines, like Southwest and Ryanair, have all-737 fleets. If you’ve flown even occasionally, you’ve most likely flown on a 737. What does this mean for the FAA?The agency is under fire on multiple fronts over the crashes. Congress, the FBI and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have called for investigations of the FAA’s certification process. Under scrutiny is whether Boeing employees acted on behalf of the FAA during the certification process and whether pilots flying the 737 Max should have received additional training. The Justice Department’s criminal division also is investigating the airplane, The Washington Post reported.What has to happen before the Max can fly again?First off, investigators need to agree on a cause for both crashes. Second, once Boeing deploys the relevant fixes, the FAA needs to certify them as safe and airlines need to implement them. There’s no telling how long that’ll take. On April 18, Muilenburg said the company was making “steady progress to certification” after 135 test flights. Then on May 16, Boeing said the update is complete and ready for evaluation by the FAA. Even with the grounding order, Boeing is permitted to conduct test flights. But that’s just in the United States. Aviation regulatory agencies around the world, like the European Aviation Safety Agency, also need to approve the fix before they’ll let the Max fly to the countries they oversee. Traditionally, they’ve followed the FAA’s lead on such matters, but there’s no guarantee they will. On June 28, the FAA and regulatory officials from Canada, Europe and Brazil agreed in principle to work together to review Boeing’s changes to the Max and restore the aircraft to service. There’s no word, though, on when that might happen. And there appear to be other problems with the airliner. On June 26, the FAA announced it had discovered a new computer issue that could adversely affect how fast a pilot could respond to an MCAS-related event like the ones suspected in the Lion Air and Ethiopian crashes. The same day, Boeing said it would fix the problem. Will pilots have to train in a simulator before they can fly the Max again?When the Max first introduced, existing 737 pilots didn’t train on a simulator in order to be certified to fly the plane. Instead, they learned about the differences the Max brought through an hour’s worth of iPad-based training. As I mentioned earlier, that training did not include a review of the MCAS system.After Boeing announced it was ready to deploy the MCAS software update, the FAA initially said that simulator training still wouldn’t be required. But some pilots and regulatory officials from other countries, like Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau, have disagreed with that decision. They won an influential supporter on June 19 when “Miracle on the Hudson” Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger argued before a Congressional committee that simulator training should be required before pilots take the Max back into the air. He also said the original design of MCAS was “fatally flawed and should never have been approved.”A Boeing 737 Max 7 lands at Boeing Field in Seattle after a test flight to evaluate the MCAS software fix. Paul Christian Gordon/Boeing Are airplanes now too complicated?On March 12, Trump tweeted that airplanes are “becoming far too complex to fly.” The reality isn’t quite that simple. Commercial airliners have used automated systems for decades (that’s what an automatic pilot is). The Lockheed L-1011, introduced in 1972, could land itself. Most airliners flying today also are “fly-by-wire,” meaning that a pilot’s commands are carried as electronic signals (rather than over hydraulic lines) to an aircraft’s control services. Flight computers also continually stabilize an aircraft during flight without input from the flight crew. Boeing and Airbus have different philosophies for this interaction, but explaining those could take a book.So, the basic concept of MCAS is nothing new. But crews need to be properly trained to use automated systems, recognize when they may be at fault, and override them if necessary. As the initial reports have indicated, a lack of training about MCAS may have contributed to the Max 8 crashes. Airline pilots are thoroughly trained to fly an aircraft under extraordinary circumstances, but they need accurate information about factors like airspeed and altitude to be able to make quick decisions in an emergency.Has a commercial aircraft been grounded before?Yes. In the most recent example, the FAA grounded the Boeing 787 for three months in 2013 after a series of nonfatal battery fires. Before that, the FAA grounded the Douglas DC-10 for a month in 1979 after a crash near Chicago O’Hare Airport killed 271 people on board, plus two on the ground. (Outside of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, that remains the deadliest airplane crash on US soil.) The Chicago crash was ultimately attributed to improper maintenance. The crash of a DC-10 in 1974 in France, killing 346 people, was caused by a design flaw on a cargo hold door latch. Outside the US, both Qantas and Singapore Airlines voluntarily grounded their Airbus A380s for a couple of days after a Qantas flight from Singapore to Sydney in 2010 had an uncontained engine failure. How important is the Max series to Boeing?Hugely important. The market for 150- to 200-seat aircraft is fiercely competitive. Airbus, Boeing’s perennial archrival, sells the similarly sized A320neo, and China is seeking customers for its new Comac C919. As of May 31, Boeing had almost 5,000 firm 737 Max orders. Boeing says the 737 Max is the fastest-selling airplane in its history. But two crashes in five months is a troubling record for a plane that entered service barely two years ago, and airlines will have to reassure passengers the planes are safe. As of May 31, Boeing has delivered 387 Max aircraft to more than 50 airlines. Currently the three largest customers (in order) are Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada. Following the second crash, airlines stopped ordering the aircraft. But on June 18 at the Paris Air Show, International Airlines Group said it would consider buying 200 737 Max 8s and 10s. Though the IAG promise may never translate to actual orders, it was still a big and unexpected boost for Boeing. But then on July 24, during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Muilenburg said the company may temporarily shutdown Max production until it can return it to service. For the quarter, Boeing reported a $2.9 million loss due to the airliner’s grounding. The news has touched Boeing’s other aircraft as well. As a result of the latest crash, Boeing postponed the rollout of its newest aircraft, the 777X. Instead of the usual media event, Boeing instead held a low-key introduction for the 777X, attended only by its employees. 2:09 How has Boeing responded?On Nov. 6, Boeing issued a safety warning advising 737 Max operators of the potential for a sensor failure and instructing them how to deactivate MCAS. But two days later, The Seattle Times reported that Max 8 pilots were not specifically trained on using MCAS. The reason? According to The New York Times, it was because Boeing, backed by the FAA, wanted to minimize the cost and time of certifying pilots who had already been trained on other 737 versions. An investigation by The Dallas Morning News found that several Max 8 pilots had complained about the inadequate training. Following the second crash, the company expressed sympathy for the victims’ families and said it was sending an investigation team. Then on March 13, the company said it supported the action the US grounding order. Originally published March 13.Updates, March 13: Adds Trump’s order and Boeing’s statement about it. Also deleted a question about how you know if you’re booked on a 737 Max 8; March 14: Includes questions about what it’ll take for the Max to fly again and on Trump’s comments about automated aircraft; March 19: Adds questions about whether the crashes are similar and about the FAA facing new scrutiny; March 22: Includes information about Garuda Indonesia canceling its order for the 737 Max, adds info on the warning light, includes information on earlier release date for software fix; April 4: Adds a question about other findings from the Ethiopian crash. May 7: Adds information from Boeing’s annual shareholders meeting and a question about whether pilots would have known about the faulty sensors. May 17: Adds Boeing statement on completion of software fix. June 10: Expands question on whether pilots would have known about the fault. July 2: Adds question on simulator training. July 24: Adds second quarter earnings call. Tour the Museum of Flight in Seattle, home to Boeings and much more 60 Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says What’s the current status of the Max 8?Most operators quickly grounded their planes in the days following the second crash. That list includes both Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air, but also AeroMexico, Aerolíneas Argentinas, GOL Linhas Aéreas (Brazil), Turkish Airlines, S7 Airlines (Russia), FlyDubai, Air Italy, Cayman Airways, Norwegian, China Eastern Airlines, Fiji Airways and Royal Air Maroc.More than 40 countries have also banned the 737 Max from flying in their airspace. China (a huge Boeing customer and a fast-growing commercial aviation market) led the way and was joined by Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, India, Oman, the European Union and Singapore, Canada initially hesitated, but soon reversed course.Up until March 13, the FAA also declined to issue a grounding order, saying in a statement tweeted the previous day that there is “no basis to order grounding the aircraft.” That was despite a public outcry from a group of senators and two flight attendant unions. But following President Trump’s decision to ground the Max that day, the agency cited new evidence it had collected and analyzed. Trump also grounded the 737 Max 9, currently in service with United Airlines.Older 737 models, like the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 don’t use the flight control system under investigation and aren’t affected. 59 Photos 18 Photos See All Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai Climb on board Boeing’s new 737 Max 9 reading • With no timetable on when 737 Max will fly again, Boeing may suspend production A 747 story: The history of the jumbo jet • Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints More on the 737 Max Boeing 737: Much more than just the Max Tech Industry What’s different about the Max 8?Compared with previous 737 versions, the Max 8 has bigger, more powerful and more efficient CFM LEAP engines (more on those in a minute), improved aerodynamics and a redesigned cabin interior. It also can fly farther and carry more people than the previous generation of 737s, like the 737-800 and 737-900. The 737 Max series consists of four models, of which the Max 8 is the most popular. The larger Max 9 has been flying only for a few months and the 737-10 is still in development and has yet to fly. A few airlines have ordered the smaller 737 Max 7, but Boeing has yet to complete any deliveries. (It flew for the first time in May, 2018.)Compared with previous versions of the 737, the Max’s engines sit farther forward and higher up on the underwing pylons. Andrew Hoyle/CNET What caused the crashes?The complete reports haven’t been published yet. Crash investigations are tremendously complex — it takes months to evaluate the evidence and determine a probable cause. Investigators must examine the debris, study the flight recorders and, if possible, check the victims’ bodies to determine the cause of death. They also involve multiple parties including the airline, the airplane and engine manufacturers and aviation regulatory agencies.There are important clues so far. Remember those larger CFM LEAP engines? Well, because they’re bigger, and because the 737 sits so low to the ground (a deliberate design choice to let it serve small airports with limited ground equipment), Boeing moved the engines slightly forward and raised them higher under the wing. (If you place an engine too close to the ground, it can suck in debris while the plane is taxiing.) That change allowed Boeing to accommodate the engines without completely redesigning the 737 fuselage — a fuselage that hasn’t changed much in 50 years.But the new position changed how the aircraft handled in the air, creating the potential for the nose to pitch up during flight. A pitched nose is a problem in flight — raise it too high and an aircraft can stall. To keep the nose in trim, Boeing designed software called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. When a sensor on the fuselage detects that the nose is too high, MCAS automatically pushes the nose down.Of the four 747 Max versions, only the Max 10 has yet to fly. Boeing Investigators in the Lion Air crash have said that a fault in the sensor may have been feeding incorrect data to MCAS, pitching the nose down into a dive. According to the preliminary report (PDF) from the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee, the Lion Air pilots were unable to determine their true airspeed and altitude and they struggled to take control of the plane before the crash, as it oscillated for 10 minutes. Each time they pulled up from a dive, the system pushed the nose down again. (For background on MCAS, read these in-depth stories from The Air Current and The Seattle Times.) The report also noted that maintenance crews had replaced the faulty sensor two days before the flight and that pilots on the four flights preceding the crash reported incorrect airspeed and altitude information (a passenger likened one of those flights to a “roller coaster ride”). And like with the Lion Air crash, the sensor on the Ethiopian plane may have been damaged causing it to feed erroneous data to the MCAS system.On April 29, during Boeing’s annual shareholders meeting in Chicago, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the incorrect data was a common link in a chain of events that led to both crashes. It’s a link Boeing owns, he said, and one that the software update will fix.The original version of the 737 first flew in 1967. Boeing Would the pilots have known about the faults?The Air Current and The New York Times reported that the Lion Air plane also lacked a warning light designed to alert pilots to the faulty sensor and that Boeing sold the light as part of an optional package of equipment. When asked about the warning light, a Boeing spokesman gave CNET the following statement on March 22:”All Boeing airplanes are certified and delivered to the highest levels of safety consistent with industry standards. Airplanes are delivered with a baseline configuration, which includes a standard set of flight deck displays and alerts, crew procedures and training materials that meet industry safety norms and most customer requirements. Customers may choose additional options, such as alerts and indications, to customize their airplanes to support their individual operations or requirements.”But on April 29, The Wall Street Journal reported that even for airlines that had ordered it, the warning light wasn’t operating on some Max planes that had been delivered. Then on June 7, Reps. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, and Rick Larsen, a Democrat from Washington, said they’d obtained information suggesting that even though the plane maker knew the safety alert wasn’t working, it decided to wait until 2020 to implement a fix. Boeing responded to DeFazio and Larsen in a statement sent to CNET the same day.”The absence of the AOA Disagree alert did not adversely impact airplane safety or operation,” the statement read. “Based on the safety review, the update was scheduled for the MAX 10 rollout in 2020. We fell short in the implementation of the AoA Disagree alert and are taking steps to address these issues so they do not occur again.”The previous model, the 737-900ER, doesn’t have the MCAS flight control system. Boeing/Ed Turner Are the two crashes related?It appears they are. Investigators in France are still examining the flight recorder (the “black box”) from the second crash, but Ethiopia’s Transport Minister said on March 18 that two crashes have “clear similarities.” Though he didn’t elaborate, satellite data released March 14 showed that the final flight track of the Ethiopian Airlines jet was similar to that of the Lion Air plane. The FAA cited that data in its grounding order.Investigators at both crash sites have also recovered the jack screws, which manipulate the control surfaces on the horizontal stabilizer that pitch the nose up and down. Both jack screws were set to send the planes into a dive.Do we know anything else about the Ethiopian crash?According to the preliminary report released on April 4, the flight crew initially followed Boeing’s emergency procedures to disable MCAS by cutting electrical power. For unknown reasons, though, they later turned the system back on as many as four times after they were unable to regain control under manual power. During his remarks at the April 29 shareholder meeting, Muilenburg said that in some cases pilots did not “completely” follow the procedures that Boeing had outlined to prevent a crash in the case of an MCAS malfunction. “There is no greater priority for our company and our industry,” the statement said. “We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”As is common after a crash, Boeing has not commented on specific aspects of the investigation, but on March 11, the company said it would issue a software update that would include changes to MCAS, pilot displays, operation manuals and crew training.But even that timeline is in question. The Wall Street Journal reported March 12 that an MCAS update could have come in January before the second crash. The newspaper says it was delayed, however, by the 35-day US government shutdown earlier this year. Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s chairman, president and CEO also published a letter April 4 expressing confidence in the fundamental safety of the 737 MAX. “All who fly on it — the passengers, flight attendants and pilots, including our own families and friends — deserve our best,” he wrote. “When the MAX returns to the skies with the software changes to the MCAS function, it will be among the safest airplanes ever to fly.”On July 3 Boeing announced it will pay $100 million over several years to families of the crash victims and the communities affected by the disasters. These funds will support things like education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families and will be separate from any legal settlements. Comments US Tech Policy Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:
The Panama Papers came back to haunt Iceland’s right-wing parties Monday as they prepare to form a new government, after the candidate for prime minister admitted hiding a report on offshore accounts.Iceland was rocked in April when the Panama Papers revealed a global tax evasion scandal that ensnared several senior politicians and triggered the resignation of former prime minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, with snap elections held on October 29.The centre-right government in power at the time called for an inquiry into tax havens. It presented its conclusions on Friday, nine months after the scandal.But on Sunday, Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, whose Independence Party was the big winner in the election, admitted he had received the report’s conclusions three weeks before the vote.“This report was presented to me in the first week of October,” he told public television RUV, saying he had decided not to make it public when he received it because parliament was about to break ahead of the election.The news angered the head of the anti-establishment Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, whose party reaped gains from a wave of popular anger with the establishment parties.“To say, as Bjarni does now, that this would not have had any effect on the outcome of the elections is of course absurd. If the report had been presented in parliament shortly before the elections and people would have seen in black and white how much taxpayer money had passed by, it definitely would have put the matter back on the agenda,” she wrote on Facebook on Monday.The two centrist parties currently in talks to form a government with Benediktsson’s Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future, have yet to comment on the matter.During the Panama Papers crisis in April, the two parties had called on voters to sanction the politicians mentioned in the Panama Papers at the polls.According to the inquiry, the loss of tax income due to offshore accounts in Iceland amounted to between 2.8 and 6.5 billion kronor (23-54 million euros, $24-57 million, at current exchange rates) per year between 2006 and 2014.
Ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader (R) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir talks before the dialogue begins. Photo: CollectedThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday submitted to the prime minister a letter containing still an incomplete list of ‘gaayebi maamla’ (fictitious cases) filed against its leaders and acvisits across the country.The BNP leaders carried the list and the letter, signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to the prime minister’s office in the morning.On 1 November, prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked the BNP leaders to submit such a list as the BNP complained about the cases, during her talks with the coalition of opposition Jatiya Oikya Front at her official Ganabhaban residence.Accordingto the letter, hundreds of false, fictitious, and politically motivated cases have continuously been filed against the BNP leaders, including the central ones, across the country for the past few years.It, the letter said, is shocking that the law enforcement implicated in cases the party’s leaders and activists, who died a long time ago, are hajj pilgrims or paralysed ones, and those who have been stying abroad for a long time.The law enforcement arrested and sent thousands of the party and its associate bodies’ leaders and activists to jail, and tortured them in the name of quizzing on remand since 1 September till 6 November, the letter said.The BNP expressed serious concerns about the incidents and requested the premier to take steps to stop arresting and harassing their men and withdraw those cases.The party argued that it is sending sending this letter along with “an incomplete list” of such cases as the prime minister requested the BNP leaders to send the list during the talks between the prime minister-led 14-party alliance and Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front on 1 November.Another list will be sent to the prime minister in the near future, the BNP said.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s press wing officer Shamsuddin Didar, executive committee member Aminul Islam, assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu, lawyer Ziauddin Zia and Shariful Islam carried the letter to the PMO where the prime minister’s personal assistant Abdul Hamid received it.
The Greater Washington Urban League and Walgreens kicked off a nationwide healthcare tour targeted to urban and minority communities June 11 to provide them with free access to health care resources.“I’m delighted to be in the partnership with Walgreens,” George Lambert Jr., president and CEO of the Urban League told the AFRO after the kickoff presentation. “I’m a strong believer in partnerships and this is a very strong one, because they do put a spotlight on health.”The “Way to Well Health” tour began its eighth year at the Urban League’s headquarters in Northwest D.C.The tour included heart-healthy fitness routines; healthy food demonstrations; free health tests to detect chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes; assessments; education and consulting services. Participants also underwent cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and body weight screenings.Walgreens and the Urban League have provided over $10 million in free health tests to over 900 communities nationwide.Walgreens and the National Urban League Way to Well Tour state-of-the-art mobile health clinic.According to the CDC, health disparities remain widespread among members of racial and ethnic minority populations, citing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes as the four leading causes in African American deaths in 2010.“Many of the indexes that afflict us are behavior driven, so if people exercise more, if they ate the proper foods and were more mindful of good health practices, a lot of the conditions that afflict us would not,” Ronald King, senior policy advisor for the D.C. Council Committee on Health said.He said the District is the second most insured jurisdiction in the country, after Massachusetts, but African American residents, even though insured, don’t seek healthcare treatment until the last moment.Chef Joel Thomas and Chef Josh Ford demonstrating how prepare a heart-healthy meal of salmon over roasted peppers and mango chutney“Events like this are so very important to get the word out,” King said.Walgreens’ Way to Well Health Tour, conducted on a bus, visited four locations in the metropolitan area, including a Walgreens’ store in Alexandria, Va. on June 12; Senior Clinton Manor in Clinton, Md. June 13; a Walgreens in Annandale, Va. June 14; and Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Northeast D.C. June 15.The tour will continue throughout the country, stopping in several areas with large minority populations, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.“We have a long-standing tradition of “community pharmacy” and believe that our pharmacists, stores and employees should be resources and partners in health and awareness in our communities,” Korey W. Paff, community leader of the Walgreens stores in Washington D.C., said at the kickoff.