Vizag ODI: Virender Sehwag defends bowlers despite Rampaul blitz

first_imgVirender Sehwag got his wish of an improved batting performance on Friday as youngsters Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma pulled India out of a precarious position and drove them to victory.”I am pretty happy with their performance, especially Rohit’s. He had said in the press conference that he wanted to stay till the end, and he finished the game for us. Virat batted superbly – they both batted like mature veterans,” he told reporters after the match.The India captain defended his bowlers, who ended up conceding 269 despite having reduced the Windies to 170 for nine.”With the new ball, Umesh (Yadav) and Vinay (Kumar) bowled really well and took a lot of wickets, and then we had them at 170 for nine. But suddenly (Ravi) Rampaul came and started slogging and everything he hit was connecting well. The day belonged to Rampaul, he batted really well and deserves full credit. I tried everything but it didn’t work,” he said.” I am happy with the bowlers’ performance. Ashwin had an off-day, but that can happen to anyone.”Sehwag hasn’t really got going in the ODI series so far and struggled to time the ball on Friday. But he is not unduly worried.”I am not thinking about myself, my batting is natural. Sometimes you start hitting from the first ball, but I wasn’t connecting well. Everything was going to third man. But Ahmedabad is a different ground, a different day, so I’ll be fine.”Rampaul, who top-scored with 86, said he wasn’t surprised at his effort. “I didn’t surprise myself, I know I’m a capable batsman, and it was up to me to put a proper score on board. I played my natural game and it came off,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

CEU, St. Clare hurdle rivals

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Pasaol, playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, faced his longtime collegiate coach, now serving as general manager for Centro Escolar University.CEU beat Marinerong Pilipino, 104-93, in its debut match.Rod Ebondo paced the Scorpions with 31 points and nine rebounds while Judel Fuentes added 20, including five crucial points in the homestretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPasaol said their time away from each other won’t change the kind of relationship they have as they exchanged banter before the game at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.“Manong even kidded that my butt is getting hot sitting on the bench,” the forward related. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ceres eyes huge upset vs Tianjin Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Chris dela Peña paced Batangas-EAC (0-2) with 14 points. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETGAMBOA-ST. CLARE 104—Jackson 30, Pare 18, Ambuludto 13, Dionisio 9, Hallare 9, Bitoon 8, Rubio 6, Rebugio 6, Penaredondo 3, Acuno 2, Alcober 0, Fontanilla 0, Jumaquio 0.BATANGAS-EAC 81—Dela Peña 14, Maguliano 13, De Joya 9, E. Mendoza 8, Laude 7, Diego 7, J. Mendoza 6, Bautista 5, Altamirano 4, Tampoc 4, Martin 0, Pate 0.Quarters: 20-21, 53-38, 81-59, 104-81 BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Marinerong Pilipino’s Gab Banal (right) draws a foul from CEU’s Joseph Manlagit in their D-League match Monday .—AUGUST DELA CRUZWangs-Letran stays unscathed after second win Alvin Pasaol admitted he felt weird seeing his former coach Derrick Pumaren on the other side.“I miss him,” Pasaol said on Monday, the first time they were on opposing ends after Pumaren’s departure from University of the East last year.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais He may be away from Pumaren and his job may be a lot different from his role with the Red Warriors, but Pasaol knows the veteran mentor is always watching him.For now, he’s keeping the faith in coach Koy Banal whose Skippers dropped to 1-2.“I still need to learn coach Koy’s system that’s why I haven’t got much playing time yet,” said the 22-year-old Pasaol.In another match, Wangs Basketball-Letran overcame a 16-point deficit to pull off an 83-82 win over Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian and stay unbeaten in two starts.Che’Lu-SSC dropped to 1-1, the same record of Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare which routed Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 104-81, in the opener.Trevis Jackson scored 30 points while Malian big man Mohammed Pare got 18 points and 11 boards for the Coffee Lovers, who led by as many as 31 points, 99-68, late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

All the records that India broke with innings defeat of Bangladesh in historic Pink…

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTIAdvertisementYesterday saw team India’s victorious emergence over Bangladesh in the historic pink ball test. The day-night game at Eden Gardens ended in an innings plus 46 runs win for Virat Kohli and co. The victory not only secured a 2-0 win for India  in the test series, it also created several new records.Image Courtesy: PTIMost uninterrupted test match win as a captain: Double feats for the captain Kohli as the 7th consecutive Indian victory in a test series overtook the previously hold record of 6 back to back wins under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Most test innings wins by a team: This was also their fourth win by an innings, the first day against Bangladesh and two wins from the South Africa series, setting a new high. Most test series victory as hosts: Coming to the team, this was the Men in Blue’s 12th test series triumph as hosts, already breaking Australia’s record previously with the South Africa test series back in October. Advertisementcenter_img Most test wins as a player: In addition to that, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is now ranked fifth in the list of most test wins with 33, surpassing Australian legend Allan Border. However, Kohli still has four positions ahead of him – Clive Lloyd (36), Steve Waugh (41), Ricky Ponting (41) and the current record holder Graeme Smith (53). Most test wins by an innings: Not only that, the 31 year old has now broadened his record of most innings wins, broken at the Indore test, which now tallies at 11, compared to Dhoni’s 9.last_img read more

Malayalam magazine cover showing breastfeeding woman goes viral, sparks outrage

first_imgA Malayalam magazine — Grihalakshmi — decided to put the image of a breastfeeding woman on its March 1 issue cover.Since open breastfeeding is still a taboo in India, and since Kerala is not exactly the most progressive state, many social media users are seeing this magazine cover as a welcome step towards initiating a conversation about a women’s right to breastfeed in public.The headline on the magazine says, “Mothers tell Kerala, “please don’t stare, we need to breastfeed”,” clearly a message to both men and women in Kerala who frown at seeing a woman breastfeeding her baby in the open.Here is the cover: Grihalakshmi magazine cover showing a breastfeeding woman. Photo: Facebook\GrihalakshmimagOPEN BREASTFEEDINGThe conversation should be about making open breastfeeding normal. The cover is a part of the Mathrubhumi group’s campaign to make this possible.Being a mother, they say, is what could complete the purpose of a woman’s life. Those who do not get carried away by the romanticisation of motherhood may realise the above statement is untrue, but to each his own.While opinions and perspectives on whether it’s only motherhood that can ensure paramount happiness to women could differ, whether or not mothers can breastfeed babies wherever they please should not be a matter of debate.If motherhood is divine, so is breastfeeding. Again, those who loathe sentimentalisation will know that breastfeeding is a natural process like menstruation in women – nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be embarrassed about and certainly nothing to be secretive about.advertisementBut in many parts of the world, and especially in India, breastfeeding is considered an act that is most private, may be as private as having sex; something that should not be done in front of other human beings.At the core of this idea that open breastfeeding is condemnable is perversion – the (justifiable) fear in women of being reduced to an object for sexual gratification, and the patronising notion in men that he owns his wife and her body.RESPONSE FROM SOCIAL MEDIA USERSIf a magazine takes such a bold step, response to it cannot only be positive. Precisely why it is considered a bold step. The cover, since the time it was released by the verified Facebook account of the magazine, has been the matter of debate and discussion.Many social media users loved the idea, have been congratulating those behind the idea, and have been sharing the cover.Kudos to the editors, writer and model, for being progressive and traditional at the same time. Mothers Milk ,its health benefits should be known and celebrated, not shamed for ‘public’ feedinghindihainhum (@kabirazad2017) February 28, 2018At the same time, some users are annoyed with the cover and feel that it is inappropriate.Such a sexualised cover. Doubt many mothers feel so good or glamourous while breastfeeding…Shil (@ShilMuscat) February 28, 2018There are some who salute the team behind the cover for its decision but think that they could have avoided playing it safe by not having a “typically good-looking, fair-skinned, sindoor-sporting, gold chain-wearing” woman. This critique is being fiercely debated on social media.Then comes the lot with the usual question – “Will the magazine dare to put a woman wearing burqa in place of this Hindu woman?”Can they publish the picture of women in burqa breastfeeding the baby ?Arjun (@Arjuncapone) February 28, 2018Whatever the opinion about the cover, it has gone viral. THE MODELThe woman on the cover is a Dubai-based Malayali – Gilu Joseph. In a video put out by the verified account of the magazine, Gilu said, “I am a part of Grihalakshmi’s campaign about open breastfeeding. It’s a genuine issue. Th society doesn’t provide an environment for women to breastfeed in public, feeling safe. It’s a privilege mothers have – feeding their kid. You don’t have to be afraid or ashamed about it.”Gilu also said, “I had no second thoughts about doing this shoot despite being a woman who is not married and is not a mother. I am so sure it is for a good cause.”Gilu hopes that this campaign would encourage all mothers to celebrate their motherhood.WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: January signings? C’mon guys…

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari: January signings? C’mon guys…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari has pleaded with the media to allow his players to celebrate their Club World Cup triumph.After their 4-1 final win over Al Ain, Solari was immediately asked about his transfer plans for January.”Recruits this winter? What I’m saying is that we deserve to breathe a bit, we have earned this title with a lot of merit and we must enjoy it,” said the Argentine.”The only thing I’m sure of is that this team deserves this trophy. “For now, the sequel is a deserved holiday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Lawless Jerky Helps You Travel The World With Your Tastebuds

first_img Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts When you think of phở, you probably envision a steaming bowl full of noodles and steak. You most likely don’t think about dehydrated strips of beef. But then again, you’re probably not Matt Tolnick.Tolnick sees most food in terms of how they might work as flavors for his craft jerky company, Lawless Jerky. “Sometimes an idea will be banging around in my head nagging for weeks,” Tolnick says. “How do I convert it to jerky? Other times, I can go for months without being inspired.”His quest to jerkify food has led to seven surprising and delightful flavors: everything from the aforementioned phở to Japanese curry to barbecue spare rib, the latest flavor rolled out by Lawless. With a simple strip of dehydrated beef (or pork, in the case of the spare rib), Lawless takes your tastebuds on a trip around the world. This isn’t just Jack Links or Krave. This jerky is serious business.Matt Tolnick, founder of Lawless JerkyWhat started as a small-potatoes Kickstarter campaign in 2012 is now a company that is anticipating selling over 1,000,000 units this year alone. This is, according to Tolnick, a stark and welcome departure from his previous career as a lawyer. (“Hence the name,” he says. “Law made me less happy. So: Lawless.”)When Tolnick answered the phone, he was stuck in traffic somewhere in South Jersey, where he spent his childhood and where he started Lawless Jerky in his father’s basement after quitting his job as a lawyer. He’s not always in New Jersey, though. He splits his time between the Garden State and Phoenix, where Lawless Jerky is made in a facility equipped to handle the increasing demand for what Tolnick describes as one of the only craft jerky companies in the world. The growth, he says, has been a battle he’s gladly fought everyday. They’re now in well over half the states in the country, most heavily concentrated in New York and New Jersey, and they continue to grow.“There’s no one formula for success,” Tolnick says. “You just have to commit to it. You have to be shameless in asking for help, advice, money, whatever you need. And make sure you love it.” The way Tolnick sees it, he was always a jerky man. “I look at it like: I’m not a lawyer who started making jerky. Jerky was always my passion, and I just took a detour.”The craft jerky company, which is coming up on its fourth birthday, has been something of a passion project for Tolnick since he started college in the early 2000s. Though it took until 2012–after he had graduated from UCLA Law and started working as an attorney–for him to quit his job and go at it full-time.Why jerky, though?“I really liked eating it, and I thought I could save a little money,” he says. “So I got a crappy little dehydrator and started making it in my dorm. People would come visit and ask for jerky. It was a whole thing.”The first recipe he ever made? “That is unknown to mankind,” he laughs. “But it was probably some variation of barbecue or black pepper, something with a pre-made marinade.”The worst recipe? Mole negro. “It sounded like a great idea, but it just didn’t translate. It was, ah, ill-advised. I haven’t given up on it–it’s just unable to transition at the moment.” Good or bad, it seems that he has fun experimenting with new recipes.But, Tolnick says, it’s more than just the fact that he likes jerky. He also sees Lawless as filling a niche that is desperately needed in the current market.“Some of these bigger stores and companies are in a race to the bottom,” he says, “and the health of the consumer is the casualty. There’s a void in the mass market, where these guys are trying to figure out how much sugar they can get into the product, and, you know, they’re using injectables to get flavor.”Lawless, on the other hand, uses solid spices and lets their grass-fed beef marinade for up to two days. People are part of the process from start to finish: everything from making sure every piece is well-marinated to packaging, whereas with some of the bigger companies, human hands never touch the product.Jerky, he reminds me, is really good for you. Or it can be. It’s a good source of protein, perfect for snacking–if it’s made correctly. “I know that adding all this sugar is a way to get flavor while lowering the price per ounce, but we do things differently. We want quality over quantity, and we think that’s totally doable in this market.”It certainly seems that way. Though Tolnick is modest–he says he still has a lot to learn, though the numbers beg to differ–his jerky has consistently received five stars out of five from Best Beef Jerky, a well-regarded site that, by comparison, gave Jack Link’s Original Beef Jerky a measly two stars.“I just want people to know that you don’t need to follow someone else’s footsteps,” Tolnick says. “There’s no one right way to do things, but do what you’re passionate about.” How to Shave With a Straight Razor Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Editors’ Recommendations Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit last_img read more

CaPRI Head Lauds Government

first_img Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Dr. Damien King, has lauded the Government for presenting a “responsible” $835.2-billion Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year. Story Highlights Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Dr. Damien King, has lauded the Government for presenting a “responsible” $835.2-billion Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year.Speaking at CaPRI’s Annual Budget Review and Public Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on March 25, Dr. King noted that the Budget, details of which were outlined in the House of Representatives by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, on March 7, is in line with those presented in recent years that reflected positive out-turns.“It is consistent with continued debt reduction, falling interest payments and rising revenues,” the Executive Director said.Noting that Jamaica’s fiscal management framework was previously characterised by “large fiscal deficits,” Dr. King highlighted “something quite remarkable” within recent years, which sparked a turnaround in the country’s economic fortunes.“Jamaica started balancing its Budgets. Within the margins of error and definitions, we have had balanced Budgets… and accounts for the last six years; and the new Budget continues that achievement,” he said.Dr. King pointed out that Jamaica’s debt has steadily declined from nearly 150 per cent to gross domestic product to the point where it is projected to fall below 100 per cent by the end of the current year on March 31 for the first time, “and is programmed to continue going down”.Dr. King said this development has been creating the necessary fiscal space to facilitate increased Central Government capital expenditure, citing the $72 billion programmed for 2019/20.He pointed out that the sum, which is a five per cent increase over the provision in the 2018/19 Revised Estimates, is significantly higher than the nearly $40 billion allocated four years ago, “and suggests a real focus in the Budget on economic growth”.Some $20.2 billion, representing 28 per cent of the allocation, is earmarked for national security expenditure, with another $18.4 billion programmed for major infrastructure works.Dr. King argues that these along with the reduction in transfer taxes from nine to two per cent, which he believes will spur increased investments, are “signature, forward-looking changes” in the Budget.Additionally, Dr. King said the over $14 billion in revenue being given up by the Government, “are not to be interpreted as some kind of giveaway or abandonment of fiscal responsibility”.“In the context of a balanced budget, this is a responsible Budget,” he emphasised. Speaking at CaPRI’s Annual Budget Review and Public Forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on March 25, Dr. King noted that the Budget, details of which were outlined in the House of Representatives by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, on March 7, is in line with those presented in recent years that reflected positive out-turns. “It is consistent with continued debt reduction, falling interest payments and rising revenues,” the Executive Director said.last_img read more

Hanjin Shipping Offloads Remaining Stake in H-Line

first_imgzoom Financially-troubled Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping has sold its remaining stake in H-Line Shipping as it pushes to boost its liquidity through asset sale.The company has booked KRW 34 billion (USD 29.6 million) from the sale, the company revealed in a stock exchange filing today.Hanjin revealed its plans on the sale of its 22.2% stake in November 2015.  Private equity firm Hahn & Company holds a 77.8% stake in the business.H-Line Shipping, an entity created in 2014 following Hanjin’s offloading of dry bulk and LNG shipping businesses for USD 298 million, operates a fleet of 50 vessels, 43 bulkers and 7 LNG tankers, based on the information on the company’s website.The sale follows that of Hanjin’s office building in London in March for KRW 66.7 billion (USD 57.2 million).Having been faced with an outstanding debt of USD 406 million due in the first half of this year, the company is working on improving its financial structure and “normalizing” its management.Hence, Hanjin Shipping applied for a debt restructuring agreement with creditors on April 25. The creditor group is now reviewing the proposal, with a date on the final decision not disclosed yet.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Tim Tebow Your Dreams Improve And So Do Theirs Campaign

first_imgNational furniture retailer Furniture Row’s Denver Mattress Company and the Tim Tebow Foundation have announced a charity collaboration to raise funds in support of orphanage services.For every mattress sold from May 16th until June 13th during the “Your Dreams Improve and So Do Theirs” Campaign, Denver Mattress will donate $15 to the Tim Tebow Foundation (up to $200,000) to help continue their work providing for orphans in the United States and around the world.“The Foundation exists to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need,” explained Tim Tebow. This is the third fundraiser between Furniture Row and the Tim Tebow Foundation since their partnership began in September of 2010. “With the help of great people and amazing companies like Furniture Row’s Denver Mattress Company, we will make a difference.”“Denver Mattress is pleased to be in a position to work with the Tim Tebow Foundation and to assist in their efforts to help orphans around the globe,” said Dan Visser, President of the Denver Mattress Company. “Together with Tim’s support, Denver Mattress can continue to positively impact lives worldwide.”Both organizations are looking forward to continuing their endeavors to help those in need.last_img read more

Stars Raise HIVAIDS Awareness For amfARs Epic Ride To Life Ball

first_imgamfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has partnered with LIFE+, organizers of the renowned Life Ball, for “amfAR’s Epic Ride to Life Ball,” an HIV/AIDS awareness motorcycle rally to mark the 25th anniversary of Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS fundraising event.Beginning in Zürich, Switzerland, on May 30, 2018, the four-day ride will culminate in Vienna, Austria, on June 2.Leading the ride is Kevin Robert Frost, Chief Executive Officer at amfAR, one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment education and advocacy. He will be joined by longtime supporters of amfAR and the fight against HIV/AIDS: Adrien Brody, Ian Bohen, JR Bourne, Michiel Huisman, Gilles Marini, Katee Sackhoff and Chris Salgardo. The riders will traverse 1,131 kilometers (703 miles) of the majestic Alpine terrain of Switzerland and Austria, before rumbling up to the grand Vienna City Hall to participate in the 25th Life Ball opening ceremony.Thousands of spectators are expected at the Life Ball opening ceremony – “An Homage to ‘The Sound of Music’”, which will feature performances, inspirational speeches and celebrity appearances by Paris Jackson and Charlize Theron, among others.“The 25th anniversary of Life Ball marks a major fundraising milestone on the road to eradicating HIV and AIDS, and we look forward to making some noise with our motorcycles to draw attention to the fact that the epidemic is far from over,” said amfAR’s CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “As one of the earliest partners of Life Ball, we are enormously proud to partner with LIFE+ and grateful for their passionate support over the years, particularly for amfAR’s TREAT Asia programs.”“The amfAR Epic Ride to Life Ball truly adds a unique and important layer of raising AIDS awareness leading up to the 25th Life Ball,” said Gery Kezsler, chairman of LIFE+ and Life Ball’s organizer. “We are proud to continue our support of amfAR’s TREAT Asia program in ensuring that young people with HIV in Asia are receiving the highest quality care and support possible. Focusing on programs for children and young adults is critical for a future generation without HIV/AIDS.”A portion of the proceeds from Life Ball will support amfAR’s TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV/AIDS Initiative, which focuses on improving the health and lives of children and adolescents living with HIV across the Asia-Pacific region. Over more than a decade, LIFE+ has provided more than $6 million through Life Ball to the Pediatric Initiative, and has been a critical partner in improving treatment and care for young people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific.Key partners for the amfAR Epic Ride to Life Ball are: Gilead Life Sciences, Red Bull, BMW Motorrad, Barbour and Hedon.amfAR and LIFE+ invite all to be a part of the Epic Ride to Life Ball: Press and the public are welcome at the following stops:Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (Zürich, Switzerland): “amfAR Epic Ride to Life Ball” Kick-Off Press Conference TIME: 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM CEST Location: Dolder Grand Hotel, Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich, Switzerland Thursday, May 31, 2018 (Wattens, Switzerland): Swarovski Crystal of Hope Award Event TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CEST Location: Swarovski Crystal Worlds, Kristallweltenstraße 1, 6112 Wattens, Austria Friday, June 1, 2018 (Salzburg, Austria): Life Ball Plane Touch Down at Salzburg International Airport TIME: 7:00 AM CEST Riders will meet and greet with celebrities and other VIPs from LifeBall chartered plane Saturday, June 2, 2018 (Vienna, Austria): International Press Conference Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM CEST Location: Albertina Museum, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria LIFE+ Solidarity Gala Time: 6 PM – 8:00 PM CEST Location: Vienna City Hall, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria Opening Ceremony Time: 9:30 PM – 11:45 PM CEST Location: Vienna City Hall, Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austrialast_img read more

NWA is still bending ears after 25 years by Aundreya Thompson

first_imgIt started with Eazy “Muthafuckin’” E. I’ll admit it; until recently, I didn’t think he was worthy of the “muthafuckin’” adjective, but after attending an exclusive pre-screening of Straight Outta Compton: The Story of N.W.A, in theatres on August 14th, I’ve most definitively changed my mind.To prepare for this dissertation of the film, I started with the world standard in online search engines: Google. Don’t you love it when Google automatically populates the search box with suggestions? It’s like Apple’s Siri in a way; service at your electronic beck and call. Well, what appeared this evening when I typed in ‘N.W.A’ into the search bar was N.W.A influence on society. Wow. Eazy E, MC Ren, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube had a significant influence on society, so much so that Google co-signed it. That makes more than a little sense. Compare the media and law enforcement’s response to N.W.A in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s to what we have witnessed in this day and age against individuals who are much less provocative. It’d be safe to tout the members of N.W.A as more than the brutally honest journalists they proclaimed themselves to be; in fact, they were deliciously defiant, feared and fearless prophets. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By Aundreya ThompsomAundreya is an expansive force on the artistic scene; respectively, a successful model, writer, actor and producer. She focuses on bringing authentic and relatable content to life, working with and bridging the gaps amid a broadening network of creative talent. Perpetually prolific, find her online at www.aundreya.com and http://www.aundreyathompson.blogspot.ca/ Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Like “Watergate” and “East Coast vs West Coast”, the media created the term “gangsta rap” to define N.W.A to unsuspecting citizens. The term hadn’t existed before. That, and other talking points of their narrative, was the same glamourized, anemic rhetoric they (the media and law enforcement) had accused N.W.A of producing. The truth is N.W.A was a sensation, more effective than The Beatles at stirring people into a frenzy. N.W.A slapped people upside their heads with their truth and, as one reporter put it, exposed police brutality to the mainstream. That was twenty-five years ago; a quarter of a century later, and the world has grown up. The police now have graduated from practicing simple indignity, assault, and intimidation to outright and overt murder and obstruction of justice as standard “policing”. Twitterlast_img read more

Regulator MillerCoors can say Miller Lite has more taste

first_imgCHICAGO — Advertising regulators say MillerCoors can claim Miller Lite has “more taste” than Bud Light and Michelob Ultra but recommends the brewer stop commercials that make it appear that the conclusion is based on a survey on taste preference.At issue were vignettes Chicago-based MillerCoors produced showing consumers drinking unnamed beers and saying which had “more taste.”Both sides of the dispute claimed victory Thursday from the National Advertising Division’s conclusion , a self-regulatory agency for the advertising industry.St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, said it was encouraged by the finding that Miller Lite “misrepresented itself” and conveyed a taste preference “unsupported by fact.”MillerCoors, meanwhile, said it wasn’t surprised NAD found it “provided a reasonable basis” for claiming its beer had “more taste” because it instructed beer drinkers to focus on each beer’s taste.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sneak Peak video of Fort St John Fire Departments new HazmatCommand Vehicle

first_imgFire Chief Fred Burrows shares the new vehicle should be arriving next week.In the video, Chief Fred Burrows introduces the vehicle built by SVI with safetekfiretrucks.ca and Profire Emergency Equipment. Burrow tells viewers the mobile unit will serve well for Fort St. John, which is made up of Oil and Gas Development and Agriculture with lots of hazardous stuff in the community.The Department services 16 square miles for fire protection and over 200 km of highway rescue, shared Burrows.The vehicle was custom designed to be a command vehicle to support service when there is an emergency and in particular hazmat situations.The video does a complete walk around and walkthrough of the command apparatus that shows it was designed to be an asset to emergency personnel. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – SVI has posted a video of the new Hazmat-Command Vehicle the Fort St. John Fire Department will be receiving.The new vehicle was budgeted at $1.004 million by the city of Fort St. John; CLICK HERE  for more information.last_img read more

More displaced Colombians seek shelter at unconventional sites – UN

4 January 2010As the number of people driven from their homes to escape violence across Colombia topped three million in 2009, the United Nations refugee agency said today that more and more of the forcibly displaced are seeking safety on scraps of land that no one else wants. A stretch of beach on the outskirts of Cartagena is one such site, where some 118 families have created a settlement accommodating a new family every week, noted the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). When these families arrived, the Villa Gloria district on the Caribbean coast had no electricity or other municipal services because city authorities said it was prone to flooding and land ownership was unclear. The families sheltering on the beach have since organized, with help from UNHCR training on the rights of displaced people, and as a result the local government now provides both water and electricity.One of the group, Eliecer Baron, told UNHCR that he came to the area after his mother was killed for standing up to irregular armed groups trying to steal her cattle 14 years ago in northern Colombia’s Uraba region. “At first I moved to a different region, Sucre, where I could continue living my life as a farmer,” said the 53-year-old Mr. Baron, who now rents chairs to tourists on the beach to support his family. “Yet two years later, the violence reached Sucre too,” he said. “That was when I decided to come to Cartagena.”Amid rumours that real estate developers want the once undesirable land that Mr. Baron and the other displaced families have made home, he told UNHCR he would not budge. “We were displaced before. Now we’re staying. We have the right to.”Citing safety as his major reason for sitting tight, Mr. Baron said that a friend had returned home two years ago. “He was killed soon after that.” read more

Alevel and GCSE exam papers are to be microchipped for first time

A possible criminal offence would be theft, if the exam paper had been improperly obtained from the exam board. Edexcel is not the only exam board that has fallen prey to online leaks. Last August, the exam board AQA also admitted that some of the contents of the GCSE Chemistry paper were shared by a pupil on social media before the exam, resulting in all students being awarded full marks for the affected question. In his letter to school leaders, Mr Richardson acknowledged that “breaches of security can serve to significantly undermine trust” in public examinations.Pearson will continue to use “enhanced tracking technology” on exam paper packs, which helped to identify some of the culprits involved in the leak last summer, he said.Mr Richardson urged headteachers to regularly inspect the secure storage area which exam papers are kept to check for any irregularities, adding that question paper security should never be the responsibility of a single person. Mr Richardson said that both the 2017 and 2018 Edexcel incidents were caused by “individuals deliberately setting out to subvert our controls”. “We have continued to support the police in their investigations, but due to the complexity and unusual nature of these cases, it has taken time to investigate,” he said.“The police informed us that in February, they referred the first case to the Crown Prosecution Service with the aim of bringing charges against those arrested.“The individuals responsible for these incidents are therefore now being held to account for the disruption that they caused.“The police are finalizing the second case and we hope that they will soon be sending materials to the Crown Prosecution Service.”Pearson has also written to students and parents, encouraging them to come forward and report any information they might have about potential malpractise and warning about the consequences of involvement in exam leaks. It is hoped that the technology will make it easier for officials to swiftly identify the perpetrator Exam papers are to be micro-chipped for the first time this summer in an attempt to combat online leaks, one of the country’s biggest exam boards has announced.Pearson, which owns the exam board Edexcel, is piloting a new security initiative which will see micro-chips inserted into packs of A-level and GCSE questions.The technology will allow Pearson to track the time, date and location of an exam pack if it is opened prematurely, meaning the school or exam centre in question can immediately be alerted to the breach.It is hoped that the technology will make it easier for officials to swiftly identify the perpetrator and contain any potential leak before information is circulated more widely.  Derek Richardson, Pearson’s vice president, wrote to headteachers  to explain the various ways that it is stepping up security ahead of this summer’s A-levels and GCSEs. The move follows two consecutive years of Edexcel’s Maths A-level papers being leaked. Police launched an investigation last summer after questions were reportedly circulating online where they were being auctioned off for hundreds of pounds the night before around 50,000 students sat the A-level exam.In 2017, last minute changes were made to the exam paper at some schools after it emerged that questions had been disseminated ahead of the exam. It is hoped that the technology will make it easier for officials to swiftly identify the perpetrator Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pearson said that a total of 29 candidates have been disqualified over the two leaks, and police investigating the 2017 breach have now passed a file to prosecutors. read more

Profile Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu the man who quietly rose to become

Further promotion followed and he was elevated to Borough Commander fist in charge of Brent and then later south London.Between 2013 and 2014 Mr Basu was the commander in charge of armed policing, but has never trained as a firearms officer himself. But as a mixed race child growing up in the 1970s, he was often the target of racism, something that he admitted helped inform his approach to policing.After graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in economics, he landed his first job on a management training scheme with Barclays Bank.He also spent a spell as a salesman for the Mars confectionery company, but despite his father’s hope that he would become a lawyer or a banker, he was determined to pursue a career in the police.His father had worked as a police surgeon for almost 40-years, so it was a world he was familiar with.After joining the Met aged 24 in 1992 he spent four years on the beat in Battersea before being promoted to Sergeant in the tough Brixton area.He transferred to the CID as a sergeant in 1997 and two years later made the rank of inspector.Earmarked for fast track promotion, Mr Basu spent three years tackling Met corruption as part of the professional standards unit.In 2003 he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, working as a senior investigating officer in the homicide unit for three years.Promotion to Detective Superintendent, with responsibility for serious and organised crime, followed, before he was appointed staff officer to Sir Paul Stephenson – the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. With three teenage sons, he lists his hobbies as film, sport and motorcycling. Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has spent 24-years in the Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has spent 24-years in the MetCredit:Paul Grover Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has responsibility for counter terrorism policing across the UK In fact in an interview published earlier this year he said he had never wanted to carry  a gun.“Strangely enough, had policing been a fully armed profession in this country, I would never have become a police officer,” he explained.After running armed policing in capital, Mr Basu took on responsibility for organised crime and gangs, before being appointed Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2015.He worked closely with Sir Mark Rowley, the previous head of counter terrorism, at a time when London was the UK was subjected to five terror attacks in the space of just a few months.When Sir Mark retired in March last year, Mr Basu, took on the role that many regard as the toughest job in British policing.One of his first jobs was to deal with the response to the Novichok poisonings in Salisbury and his team successfully identified the two Russian suspects believed to be responsible.He works closely with Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, and as well as being in charge of counter terrorism policing for the whole of the UK, also has responsibilty for a range of other subjects, including Official Secrets Act offences, the investigation of war crimes, the protection of VIPs, royals, embassies, parliament and aviation policing. Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has responsibility for counter terrorism policing across the UK The son of a doctor from Calcutta and a nurse from Wales, Mr Basu enjoyed a comfortable middle class upbringing in Stafford. During his 26-year career, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, has quietly risen through the ranks at Scotland Yard, from a beat bobby on the streets of Battersea, to the head of counter-terrorism, charged with keeping the country safe from attack.Despite being in charge of some of the Metropolitan Police’s most significant cases in recent years, the 50-year-old has managed to maintain a relatively low profile and avoid any major controversy – until perhaps now.Unlike many senior Scotland Yard figures he has not sought to use the press and media to boost his career, only rarely giving interviews.In 2011 he was in charge of Operation Weeting – the phone hacking investigation – and he also led Operation Elveden – the follow up probe into allegations of corruption in the media.While Operation Weeting resulted in the jailing of Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor and David Cameron’s official spokesman, Operation Elveden was more controversial.The £15 million probe resulted in the arrests of scores of journalists, but of the 34 who were tried, not a single one was successfully convicted and the fallout from the investigation soured relations between Fleet Street and Scotland Yard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Several injured in Providence accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedProvidence accident leaves pregnant woman in critical conditionFebruary 12, 2016In “Internet”Several injured in East Bank smash upJanuary 26, 2015In “Crime”UPDATE:1 dead, several injured in WBD accidentFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime” Several persons were injured in a two- vehicle collision that occurred at Providence East Bank Highway around 21:10hrs.Reports are that a white Allion motorcar bearing registration number PMM 1446 was about to turn into the GuyOil Gas Station when it collided with a 42 minibus BRR 7856 which had a full load of passengers heading towards Georgetown.Eyewitnesses claimed that a female passenger of the motorcar who is believed to have sustained the most injuries flung out of the car and landed on the road. She was left laying for several minutes before emergency personnel arrived at the scene.The driver of the minibus and two other male passengers are suspected to have sustained both external and internal injuries.All of the seriously injured people were taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre for treatment.Police are currently on the scene taking statements.There is now a massive build up of traffic along the East Bank corridor. read more

FLSmidth to install record sizer station at Penasquito

first_imgFLSmidth has been awarded a contract for the supply of a complete semi-mobile sizer station to gold producer Minera Peñasquito, which is owned by Goldcorp. The mine is located in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, approximately 10 km west of Mazapil. The scope of the contract includes the design and supply of a semi-mobile station with a capacity of 12,500 t/h which FLSmidth claims to be the largest sizer station in the world. An FLSmidth test station has been supplied in order to validate the use of sizer technology for the project and all process equipment will be designed and manufactured by FLSmidth. FLSmidth supplies sizers through fully-owned subsidiary FLSmidth ABON, based in Victoria, Australia.The sizer technology supplied by FLSmidth offers lower expenses compared to traditional hard rock crushing plant technologies such as gyratories according to the group, hence enabling the customer to save total life cycle costs. “The winning of this order, the world’s largest sizer station, demonstrates and reinforces our customers’ confidence in FLSmidth and our technologies. The contract was won on the basis of a world-class technical proposal and a strong existing relationship with the customer. It is stimulating to see that combined, our strong technological edge and our intimate customer focus strengthen our competitive position”, said FLSmidth CEO Jorgen Huno Rasmussen.last_img read more

42 people detained in Cumilla

first_img.Police in special drives arrested 42 people, accused in different cases, from different areas of seventeen upazilas from Friday to Saturday.Separate teams of police conducted drives in the upazilas and arrested them, according to the Cumilla police superintendent office. Among the arrestees, four are accused in drug cases, four in regular cases, and rest in other cases.last_img

The Role Of Scientific Forensic Evidence Questioned In Pending Texas Execution

first_img X “My name is Larry Ray Swearingen, I’m on death row — scheduled to be murdered August 21 for a crime I did not commit,” said Swearingen in an interview at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. “You have faulty forensic sciences that are upholding this conviction, and now they want to murder me to make sure the conviction doesn’t come undone.”After two decades on death row, Swearingen was pudgy, bald and his skin was a pasty white. In all that time, he never stopped insisting on his complete innocence.“No, I didn’t not take Melissa’s life. We were friends in the end. We’re friends now. We will always be friends,” Swearingen said.But the police and prosecutors who worked to convict Swearingen of capital murder and who are working now to have him executed contend that was a lie — one of Swearingen’s many lies. “There is no other perpetrator out there. There’s no other bogeyman. There’s no other serial killer that killed Melissa Trotter. It’s Larry Swearingen,” said Kelly Blackburn with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.  “There is a mountain of evidence that connects Larry Swearingen to the death of Melissa Trotter that he was convicted on — besides science.”Forensic science is central to solving murders. Prosecutors rely on it every day. But in the Melissa Trotter case, some of the forensic science appeared to contradict the prosecution. However, Blackburn said there was a wealth of circumstantial evidence in the case that pointed directly at Swearingen.“Larry Swearingen wasn’t connected to this case through DNA or through science,” Blackburn said. “He was connected to this case and was convicted on evidence that put him at the scene that on a mountain of circumstantial evidence that put him in Melissa Trotter together ⁠— what happened before, during and after her murder. So that’s why he was convicted.”Swearingen admitted if someone only listened to the prosecutors’ narrative, he sounded guilty. But he said they consistently used junk science to pin a murder on him while dismissing legitimate forensic science that proved it was impossible for him to be Melissa Trotter’s killer. “I was in jail on trumped up charges. It was determined that Melissa Trotter died at the time I was incarcerated in the Montgomery County jail,” Swearingen said.Melissa Trooter, 19, went missing on Dec. 8, 1998, in Willis, Texas, north of Houston. She was an outgoing college student last seen alive at the student center at Lone Star College Montgomery County campus. Swearingen at that time was a 27-year-old electrician. He was driving a stolen red pick-up truck and had a history of problems with the law. “I was a screw up. I was a violent screw up. Two plus two and you get the wrong conclusion. ‘Hey, he’s done these things before. Look over here; yeah we have a good suspect here,’ ” Swearingen said.Swearingen immediately became the suspect in the Melissa Trotter missing persons case. They had been seen together at the college the day she went missing. Three days after her disappearance, Swearingen was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants. He’s been behind bars ever since.While being questioned by investigators in 1998, he told them he didn’t know Melissa Trotter and had never spoken to her.“I don’t even know the girl. Up until that point I didn’t even know that the girl existed,” Swearingen told officers.“Then why would she have your pager number?” an officer asked.“She asked me if there was a way to get hold of my sister,” Swearingen responded. “When I walked up to the marina she asked me, ‘Aren’t you Becky’s brother?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’”“You ain’t never talked to her before?” an officer asked.Swearingen responded, “No, never.”On Jan., 2 1999 — 25 days after her disappearance — hunters found the body of Melissa Trotter in a remote location in the Sam Houston National Forest. She was partially clothed. Investigators determined she had been strangled with a leg segment cut from a pair of pantyhose.It was now a murder investigation. And the evidence against Swearingen was piling up. Police searched his truck and found strands of Melissa Trotter’s hair. Swearingen now admits she had been in his truck many times.“We were dating. We were friends with benefits. We went out and had a good time. I enjoyed being with her, and she enjoyed being with me,” he said. “What we did or didn’t do is nobody’s business. There has to be some chivalry in the court system where you don’t degrade someone who can’t be here to say, ‘Yes, that’s true,’ or ‘No, that’s not true.’ ” While Swearingen was in the county jail, there was a strange twist in the case. A letter written in lousy Spanish claimed that Swearingen was innocent. In the letter, there were details about the case that had not been in the news — about the position of the body and the color of Melissa Trotter’s underwear. This letter could exonerate Swearingen, except for the fact that he wrote it.“When they started printing in the paper that they were going to kill me — that’s what prompted the Spanish letter,” Swearingen explained. “I was scared to death about it.”  Swearingen said he knew those incriminating details because he had the autopsy report and crime scene photos.Prosecutors argued they had plenty of evidence that tied Swearingen to the Melissa Trotter murder: a cell phone tower “pinged” him near where the body was found, a match of the murder weapon pantyhose was found at Swearingen’s trailer. Polyester fibers from his truck were on Trotter’s coat.Swearingen countered that cell phone tower “pings” are no longer considered legitimate evidence. He said claims of a pantyhose match were overblown and inaccurate and that polyester fibers are polyester.“Fibers are not unique to anything. They’re mass produced,” Swearingen said. “So when you say, ‘Hey, this fiber here is unique.’ No, it’s not. It’s similar.”And there was the evidence that the prosecution dismissed. Blood under Trotter’s fingernails did not match Swearingen’s DNA. Trotter’s body was only lightly decomposed. Experts testified that it appeared Trotter’s body was in the woods for no more than two weeks — that’s when Swearingen was locked up in the county jail.Blackburn said none of this matters. He said Swearingen is a killer who has proven that he will do and say anything to avoid paying for his crime.“But even given all that, this isn’t what convicted Larry Swearingen. The evidence that was presented in the totality of everything that we’re looking at and the picture that was painted for the jury as to what they were to evaluate that put him before, during and after this murder,” Blackburn said. “That’s what convicted him.”On Friday the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit rejected Swearingen’s latest motion for a stay of execution. Swearingen’s appeal now goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.“I hate to say it, everybody wants to live,” Swearingen said. “I mean it’s a fight or flight process. Nobody wants to die for a crime that they didn’t commit.”This article was originally published on https://www.tpr.org/. It’s the first story in a three-part series that investigates Swearingen’s claim that he’s innocent. David Martin Davies/Texas Public RadioLarry Swearingen during an interview with Texas Public Radio at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville.Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the State of Texas.It was 19 years ago that Swearingen was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter. This is the sixth time that Swearingen had a date with death in the Texas prison system. But lingering questions about his guilt have caused the courts to repeatedly step in. Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:01 Sharelast_img read more