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Kevin Pietersen scored a double ton helping England to a commanding 474/8 despite Praveen Kumar’s fiver on the second day of the first Test against India at Lord’s on Friday. Watch KP’s 200 and MSD bowl | Score At stumps, India were 17/0 in 6 overs with openers Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund at the crease.Though KP’s ton and Praveen Kumar’s five-wicket haul were the highlight of the day, it was India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who managed to grab the maximum eyeballs.And it wasn’t his keeping, but his bowling that hit the limelight – yes, the India skipper, and one of the most successful wicketkeepers that India has produced, bowled on the day.Soon after the lunch when a few overs were left for the new ball to be taken, Dhoni pulled off his gloves and took to bowling to fill the void left by Zaheer Khan, who pulled his hamstring on Thursday.The change also saw Rahul Dravid keeping wickets. And Dhoni could have sent Pietersen back into the pavilion if the DRS hadn’t ruled otherwise. On-field umpire Billy Bowden had given him out when the ball seemed to have nicked off his bat on to the keeper Rahul Dravid. But the reviews ruled against it and Pietersen went on to complete his ton.England started with the overnight score of 127/2 with Pietersen and Jonathan Trott in the middle.The clear and sunny sky aided the batsmen as the ball seemed to come on to the bat unlike Day 1 when the ball was swinging a lot more with the nip in the air following the morning showers.advertisementJonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen were going strongly against India and the duo had put on 98 runs for the third wicket when Praveen Kumar struck.And it was the swing, albeit only a little, that did the trick. The ball kept low moved in and struck against Trott’s pads. He fell for 70 and India got the crucial third wicket on 160.Post Trott’s dismissal, Pietersen took up the challenge and went ahead consolidating the innings. At lunch England were cruising at 217/3 with Pietersen and Ian Bell in the middle.The second session saw Kumar strike again and this was post Dhoni’s cameo with the ball and Pietersen’s 18th Test ton.Kumar couldn’t get Pietersen, but he got rid of his partner Ian Bell with a ball that took the edge of his bat to land in keeper Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps at 270/4. Bell scored 45.But Kumar’s over was far from over and two balls later he got England’s fifth wicket with new man Eoin Morgan walking back on a duck. From 270/3 England were down to 270/5, but they still had a good batsman in Matt Prior.At tea, England were sitting pretty on 305/5 with Pietersen and Matt Prior at the crease.The third session too was dominated by Pietersen even though Prior scored a fine 71 before going down to Kumar, who finished with a five-wicket haul with Stuart Broad being his last victim on the day.Kumar did take up the challenge in the absence of senior pro Zaheer Khan and claimed his maiden five-wicket haul at Lord’s, yet the Indians were missing their pace-spearhead.No wonder it had prompted ‘Captain Courageous’ to shun his gloves and take to bowling.
India vs Bangladesh, Asia Cup 2018, live streaming: Super Four 1st match match live telecast from Dubai. Watch Asia Cup Super Four, Ind vs Ban cricket match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs BAN ODI match Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV – India were back to their best against Pakistan after a rusty performance in the Asia Cup opener against Hong Kong this week. India survived a scare to edge past Hong Kong by 26 runs before they thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets.The twin victories helped India qualify for the Super Four stage of the tournament and in their first game they meet Bangladesh at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.India have won their last 9 matches against Bangladesh in international cricket — six Twenty20 Internationals, two one day internationals and one Test.After the Bangladesh game, India and Pakistan meet again on Sunday before the Rohit Sharma-led side takes on Afghanistan on Tuesday.For India, the worry will be the team combination as Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the tournament due to a lower injury, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be rested after back-to-back games against Hong Kong and Pakistan.Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed may come in place of Bhuvneshwar but it is still not clear as to who would be Pandya’s replacement in the playing XI.Not just Pandya, all-rounder Axar Patel and paceman Shardul Thakur have also been ruled out of the tournament.Deepak Chahar has replaced Pandya while Ravindra Jadeja and Siddarth Kaul have come in place of Patel and Thakur.advertisementManish Pandey can add batting depth and looks a possible addition in the middle-order, while Kedar Jadhav’s off breaks are more than handy, and he is expected to take care of Pandya’s quota of overs.Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were amongst the runs in the first two matches while Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik looked solid against Pakistan.It is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s batting form that could keep the team management worried.Dhoni hasn’t been firing and it will be interesting if Rohit promotes him in the batting order to give the veteran time to get settle down.While India’s rivalry with Pakistan is historic, the one against Bangladesh has been a bitter one post the controversial 2015 World Cup quarter-final at Melbourne.What time is India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI?The game starts on 5:00 PM IST on September 21, Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.Where will the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI be played?The India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI will be played at at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai from 5:00 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Bangladesh from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the squads for the India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup 2018 ODI?India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
Derek Jeter on Thursday delighted those New York Yankees fans lucky enough — or well-heeled enough — to go to his final home game. First he smashed a near home run (it ended up being a double) in the opening frame. Then he finished his Yankee Stadium career in storybook fashion with a walk-off base hit in the bottom of the ninth:In the minds of most Yankees fans, it was classic Jeter — The Captain stepping up in the clutch, like he’s been doing for years.Then again, Jeter has also had the misfortune of playing his entire career during the sabermetric boom, which for the longest time denied the very existence of a true clutch hitter. Contrary to pinstriped dogma, Jeter couldn’t be something that didn’t exist.Sabermetricians have since softened on that stance, and further research has shown there are players with a demonstrable ability to improve their hitting when it matters most. (Of course, most of those players are guys you’d never expect, provided you’re not a huge Scott Spiezio fan.) Sabermetricians have also devised ever more inventive ways to measure what it means to hit in the clutch, chief among them being Win Probability Added (WPA) and its derivatives.WPA measures the change in win probability resulting from each plate appearance, putting a number on how much every play moved the needle toward a win in either team’s direction. Naturally, clutch situations will carry more WPA weight, because those moments produce the largest swings in win probability; there’s even a metric called Leverage Index that tracks how crucial a given situation is relative to the average plate appearance in Major League Baseball.(To give an example of WPA in action, Jeter’s final plate appearance at Yankee Stadium began with a 69 percent chance of New York winning. When the plate appearance ended, the Yankees had a 100 percent chance of a win — having, you know, won the ballgame. Therefore, Jeter earned 0.31 units of WPA with that single, making it the most impactful hit of the game for the Yankees.)If you add up all of those incremental pieces of win probability throughout the season, you’ll arrive at the total estimated number of wins a player added at the plate, giving a great deal of weight to when the player’s numbers were produced.That’s WPA.But there’s also a way to measure what a player’s WPA would be if we didn’t weigh clutch moments so much heavier than ordinary ones. To do that, sabermetricians have developed WPA/LI, which divides a batter’s WPA by the average Leverage Index of all his plate appearances, effectively producing a context-neutral version of WPA.Because any discrepancies between the two metrics are necessarily driven by contradictions in performance between big and routine moments, the difference between WPA and WPA/LI has been used to quantify clutch performance. And Jeter — despite his reputation, despite hits like Thursday night’s game-winner — hasn’t hit appreciably better or worse in pressure situations than in typical ones.As is the case with a few notable advanced metrics, the “Clutch” figures at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs don’t match up exactly (here, probably because of slight differences in the sites’ win probability models). But both data sets tell similar stories. According to Baseball-Reference.com, there have been 1,077 players to have 1000-plus career games since 1940, and Jeter ranks 634th in Clutch — right ahead of Nate McLouth, Nick Swisher and Shane Victorino. FanGraphs’ Clutch data only goes back to 1974, but among the 1,663 qualifiers with 1,000 or more plate appearances since then, Jeter ranks 639th, slightly outpaced by Deion Sanders. Relative to the universe of MLB players past and present, Jeter’s Clutch differentials are only remarkable for how unremarkable they are.Maybe that’s the point. This particular statistical conception of clutch focuses narrowly on just one definition of the term — how much a player’s numbers improved or declined in big moments — but ignores the baseline level of performance from which each player was starting. Sanders was a relatively mediocre hitter who was relatively mediocre in the clutch as well. By contrast, Jeter was a fantastic hitter (and not just “for a shortstop”) for most of his career, regardless of the circumstance, so it means something that he performed to his usual high standards in clutch situations as well. That’s how you end up producing as many career WPA as a Hall of Famer like Ernie Banks, for instance.If anything is puzzling about Jeter’s relatively average crunch-time metrics, it’s not the contrast against his game-raising reputation as Captain Clutch — a good amount of which was myth-making hooey anyway. It’s that his style of play has traditionally been quite conducive to outperforming one’s baseline statistics during high-leverage at bats. Running a regression between FanGraphs’ version of Clutch and its various component stats, including walk rate, strikeout rate, isolated power and speed score, the two metrics most strongly associated with a player’s Clutch number are a lack of strikeouts and a lack of power. Jeter’s career K-rate was 2.9 percentage points below the MLB average, and his career isolated power was 25 points below the norm, so you’d think he’d have a leg up in the clutch. Not so, say the statistics.But his curtain call at Yankee Stadium demonstrated those traits perfectly. On Wednesday, my colleague Jonah Keri wrote extensively about Jeter’s signature inside-out swing, and his propensity for going to the opposite field. About how Jeter perfected the art of going the other way through hours of practice, gaining the consistency required to shoot the ball precisely into the gap between the first and second basemen. It was fitting, then, that his walk-off single showcased all of that. Jeter the “technician” produced hits like Thursday night’s farewell stroke in clutch and non-clutch moments alike.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2015 – Thwarting bribes was the focus of a two day workshop held recently at Blue Haven resort and hosted by the UK Ministry of Justice. Some thirty actors from the TCI private and public sector were a part of the sessions where Roderick Maccauley and Peter Monday of the UK, led the sessions which dealt with international perspectives on bribery, how to enforce anti-bribery legislation, a review of the UK’s Bribery Act 2010 and Corporate liability and incentives. The governor was on hand, and welcomed the delegates for the workshop, which was the second to be held in a Caribbean UK Overseas Territory; the first was delivered in Bermuda. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bribes, ministry of justice, peter monday, Roderick Maccauley
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KUSI Newsroom, San Diego native becomes an international NBA trainer 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ryan Razooky is an international NBA trainer, San Diego native, and SDSU alumnus. Razooky opened his own private gym called The Hoop House in El Cajon.Razooky said he’s hosted basketball camps and clinics across the globe, from Dubai to Kenya, to Mexico. Locally, he has players traveling as far as Temecula to train with him.For more information click here. August 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 27, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
My girlfriends were engulfed in the world of Self, Glamour and Marie Claire. Some of us even dabbled with Sassy, and later, Jane and Bust. They were the cool smart chicks of the bunch, but I always felt they were just…lacking. Sassy and Jane fell under (but Jane Pratt is going strong on xojane, and though Bust is still chugging along, its voice has gotten younger, cheekier and hipster. It may be the major magazine for a good pop-feminist read, but I’ve outgrown it.Consider the sequence of a typical women’s magazine: letters, trends, fashion spreads, maybe an interview with a celebrity, more on trends (fashion, beauty, exercise), some obligatory group of “light” recipes, along with a longer editorial on A Serious Topic like genital mutilation or being catfished by a prisoner. It’s content crafted to make women feel guilty for not knowing what’s hot, smart for knowing that this magazine will reveal it, then ashamed for not being able to afford whatever this magazine has revealed. It’s cyclical, and it’s boring. I thought perhaps I was in the minority, being a woman who loves men’s magazines. All of the Big Three’s media kits boast audiences with 30 percent women, so I’m clearly not the only one. Do women read men’s magazines differently from men? In a very unscientific survey (of my two brothers in their twenties and my friend Greg, in his forties), I asked what they liked about Esquire and GQ. My brothers prefer GQ and its fashion tips, the profiles of the women and food. Greg only reads Esquire. As he puts it, “Esquire is not about being a well-dressed, cool man. It’s about being the best man you can be. And even though you can’t necessarily glean any of that knowledge from a magazine, it does a valiant job of trying.”Men’s magazines revolve around cultivating taste: fashion, music, film, books, food, celebrity, sports, cars and (in Details’ case) design. They review where we’ve been and where we’re going, culturally speaking. They’d do better to incorporate more female writers—Stacey Grenrock Woods is a shining example of excellent men’s writing by a female and Jessica Pressler has pushed out some decent profiles for GQ. They don’t always get it right, but the point is: they dare. Yes, they, like women’s magazines, often commoditize gender and make money on reinforcing certain gender stereotypes. But they’re just so glib about it. Where women’s magazines champion us, trying to help us channel our inner sisterhood and answer our Burning Questions, men’s wryly acknowledge that, like most Americans, they’re just stumbling through this crazy mixed-up world, and even they don’t have all the answers. I have plenty of female friends who read women’s mags because they’re mindless entertainment, and I get that. More than anything, I’m an advocate of reading what you enjoy.But that’s just the point that men’s magazines make: entertainment needn’t be mindless.Men’s magazines don’t curate culture; they curate content. They tell me what’s going on culturally and how they feel about it. Women’s magazines ignore what’s going on, because they themselves don’t know how to feel about it. They seem stunted, like the world is just too big for them to comment on—or worse!—that we won’t appreciate a woman magazine’s commentary on larger cultural paradigms. So women’s magazines overcompensate for telling us nothing by telling us everything about nothing (the healing powers of purple fruits! animal prints!). Men’s magazines have their share of frivolity, but they give me the thought stuff too—the national budget, war and PTSD, robotics, a profile of the Vice President. One of the best articles I read was Chris Heath’s coverage in GQ about the massacre of the escaped exotic animals in Zanesville, Ohio. It was a tragic story brilliantly told; and the story of the war between GQ and Esquire competing for the story was just as good. Both magazines published accounts of tragedy; both had writers (Chris Jones for Esquire) on site in the same hotel chasing the same story; both ran in each’s March 2012 issue. I read both articles voraciously, and came out in favor of GQ’s coverage. To my happiness, GQ got an ASME nomination for its story; Esquire didn’t. That’s the other thing I like about men’s magazines: they’re nominated for awards for their journalism, like actual awards, against giants such as The New Yorker, the Atlantic and Rolling Stone. GQ and Esquire are for literary-minded people, for people who care about the actual words on the page. Women’s magazines don’t say anything interesting about the state of culture, they just buy into it. They don’t have a sense of humor about themselves.That’s why I’m sticking with the men—they’re funny, self-effacing and have some of the best editorial content around. None are offering the keys to the universe, but they have a good time trying. I am [spoiler alert!] a woman. But women’s magazines have nothing for me. They’re great when I’m in the salon, but when it comes to reading magazines with bones, with guts, with something to say, the men take it every time. I’m not talking about lad mags, those British imports from 15 years ago. I’m talking about “gentlemen’s magazines”: namely Esquire and GQ, but I also love Details, the dandier kid brother of the other two.I have subscribed to these Big Three for years. I first started reading my father’s Esquire when I was a teenager. Its commentary on music, film and literature was second to none, and its tone was hilarious. Plus it was so cleverly wrapped: a high-end glossy chock full of honest, no-nonsense stuff that I felt smarter for knowing. Sure, it was peppered with self-indulgent photos of female celebrities barely concealing their ladyparts. But to me, it was an obvious statement on American consumerism: that to get people to read smart content, you’re going to have to sell it with sex.
WILMINGTON, MA — Incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, and challengers Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Dan Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan, are running for TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Greg BendelDo I believe Wilmington is headed in the right direction? Yes, I do. Wilmington is a great place to live and we are fortunate to be able to offer something for everyone who lives here. Like many communities we do have challenges that we face. But, I believe that with the combination of a good Town Administration, countless volunteers and residents who are engaged in local government, we are prepared to face these challenges head on. First and for most Wilmington is a safe place for us to live thanks to the brave men and woman of our police and fire departments who work tirelessly day and night to keep us safe.For years Wilmington has taken a very fiscally conservative approach to budgeting which has resulted in a consistently strong bond rating, a healthy reserve in our rainy day accounts and we continue to be a great position when it comes to borrowing. Unlike most of the surrounding towns we have been able to offer many services to residents without additional fees such as free all day kindergarten, no fees for trash and recycling, no school transportation fees, no athletic user fees, top notch veteran, DPW and senior services in addition to a strong public school system.The current challenges we face are clear and I believe we have a plan to confront each one going forward. There are many areas in which we can improve on, and by working together and continuing to take proactive approaches to challenges, I’m confidant that we will keep moving forward successfully.Selectman Greg BendelKevin CairaYes, I believe the Town is headed in the right direction. I believe that everyone can agree that Wilmington is a great community in which to live and raise a family. The reason for this, in large measure, is that residents have readily volunteered their time and resources for the betterment of our community. We have been able to provide a wide range of quality programs and services without the imposition of burdensome fees. The Town continues to receive high marks both for its affordability and fiscal responsibility. The Town’s bond rating remains at its highest level, our tax rate is comparable and in some cases, lower than similar communities, and we have built a substantial operational and capital reserve to enable the Town to meet future needs without having to rely on prop 2 ½ overrides. Additionally, we have a low debt burden and we are among a small number of communities addressing long term liability issues such as employee retirement and other post employee benefits (OPEB).The town continues to improve on its provision of services in every facet of government including public safety, education and public works. We have been recognized on numerous occasions for the quality services provided by our library, veterans’ services, recreation, building maintenance and elderly services departments. An examination of the new fiscal year budget testifies to the Town’s solid financial footing and supports an expansion of important municipal services.Like all communities, the Town has many issues to deal with, but unlike many communities, the Town is well prepared to tackle these issues and to do so in the best interests of all Wilmington residents.Selectman Kevin CairaRob FasuloWilmington is a great community, if I did not believe that I would not have remained here my entire life nor would I have decided to raise three kids here. While the community is great our local government has issues that need to be addressed. Over the past year and a half we watched while the town was adamant on putting a detox in the middle of a neighborhood, only feet from a school bus stop and residential neighborhood that they were willing to violate Public Records laws to keep residents from seeing the true process that was taken. We have an $83 million dollar high school that was built with less capacity than its predecessor, our elementary school buildings are so out of date that they cannot put air conditioning units into classroom windows for our children. The town’s OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) account is more than $112 million in the red and the unfunded pension liability is approximately $78 million.Are we on the “right track”? These are real dollars that all of us homeowners are going to have to pay at one point or another. Eventually these bills will come due and how is the town going to pay them? With that said, developers are pocket zoning large parcels of land and the town hall knows this. Town officials are also negotiating with the developers on other projects outside of the public eye as we speak. 50 units off Butters Row (confirmed), 77 units (unconfirmed number) at Walpole Woodworkers, 57 units at the intersection of Woburn and Rte. 129 (confirmed). We won’t get into the rumored complexes on Rte. 62 in North Wilmington, Or the bus parking area on Rte. 129 or next to Burger King, or even Phase 3 of the hockey rink that I brought up at a previous selectmen’s meeting. So with all the current debt, after what’s already approved is built, we may now need to somehow make the high school larger, hire more school staff, police officers, fire personnel and apparatus, public works’ staff, and address the other school building needs. I also should mention the dwindling amount of “open space” left in town. When the undeveloped land the town has is gone, it’s gone forever leaving the future needs of the town to be filled by real eminent domain land takings.In the end when all of this is done, our taxes will be so high that they will exclude the possibility of many of our seniors remaining in town and our kids that would like to start their family here will be priced out of the possibility. The direction the town is in it’s growing too fast. When businesses grow too fast they typically fail, Wilmington will be no different and many of our residents that are here now, will not be able to remain. If we care about our seniors staying in town, or our children having the opportunity to remain here with their families we need to act now. Our town government should be advocating sustainable growth and not uncontrolled growth. It also should be working for the residents, not against.Rob FasuloMark MaselliAs a concerned member as this community, I would say no. There are too many empty retail lots and storefronts. Our population is growing fast, and I believe that the town may become overpopulated quickly and we will not be prepared for the consequences of that growth in the near future. There are not enough illuminated parks for the kids to play in after dusk and our youth programs are suffering a great loss in participation. The overall political moral of this town is down. Over the past few elections, voter turnout has been consistently low. We need to come together as a town to make decisions that will benefit all generations currently living here as well as future residents.Mark MaselliSuzanne SullivanI do not believe the Town is heading in the right direction. I think we lack vision and the amount of vacant commercial and industrial spaces is a reflection of that. The town hired a consultant, the Main St. Market Study, which advised that we create walkable outdoor spaces to try and draw people to our commercial property and instead the town proposes to have an affordable housing by-law that will actually eliminate open spaces on commercial mixed use lots opposite to what their own consultant advised. We have bought absolutely NO passive recreation open space since I moved here 30 years ago to preserve some quality of life. Yentiles, as wonderful as it is, is not enough and there is really nothing left. Due to the gentrification of Boston and the surrounding communities Wilmington will feel the crunch of the so called “housing crisis” and our own space will become even more important to the residents but there is no real effort by the Board to provide this benefit to the townspeople. I think we need to do better. I think it is possible to serve ALL the people if we make the commitment and work together toward this common goal. When I read the purpose of the Bylaw I do not see that we are fulfilling that intent.1.2 Purpose: “The purpose of this Bylaw is to implement the zoning powers granted to the Town of Wilmington under the Constitution and Statutes of the Commonwealth and includes, but is not limited to, the following objectives: to lessen congestion in the streets; to conserve health; to secure safety from fire, flood, panic and other dangers; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to encourage housing for persons of all income levels; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, supply, drainage, sewage disposal, schools, parks, open space and other public requirements; to conserve the value of land and buildings, including conservation of natural resources and the prevention of blight and pollution of the environment; to encourage the most appropriate use of all land and water resources throughout the Town including consideration of the recommendations of any special studies and master plans for the Town; to preserve and increase amenities; and to preserve and enhance the development of the natural, scenic and aesthetic qualities of the community.”Suzanne SullivanDan MurphyNo response provided.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: Bendel & Caira Win Re-Election, O’Mahony Joins The BoardIn “Breaking News”SELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: Bendel, Caira, Fasulo, Maselli & Sullivan Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”VIDEO: Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan Discusses Her Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”
$155 at Google Express Comment I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET 7 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Robin Yanhong Li, CEO of Baidu, says the company will focus on AI to help it through tough times. VCG/VCG via Getty Images The new year’s pep talk delivered by Baidu’s chief executive for 2019 was a bit chilly. Robin Yanhong Li, CEO of China’s largest search engine, warned that “winter is coming” in a letter to employees regarding China’s economic growth slowing down, according to South China Morning Post. Baidu is the equivalent of Google in China. Economic restructuring is “as cold and real as winter to every company,” Li reportedly wrote Wednesday to staff. But “historical transformation of [artificial intelligence] is penetrating various various industries, unleashing enormous growth potential and room for upgrade.”Li also reportedly told employees through a famous Chinese proverb — “Only when the year grows cold do we see the qualities of the pine and the cypress” — that Baidu will step up its game and come out stronger while other companies are struggling to cope with the changing economic landscape in China. Baidu didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The “winter” talk isn’t new in China. The world’s second largest economy is slowing down faster than expected, according to a Wall Street Journal report in October. The report said China’s exports, economic performance and effects from the US-China trade war were all factors that contributed to Chinese market’s foreseeable “winter.””It’s high time that Baidu stepped forward,” Li reportedly said. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It $520 at HP $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $210 at Best Buy $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Read DJI Osmo Action preview Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Baidu,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. 1 Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo See at Turo The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo Read Google Home Hub review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Comments $999 See It Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sprint Tech Industry Digital Media Politics Internet Services Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET See it Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon
Chevrolet Comments 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Performance Cars Coupes More From Roadshow The fabled midengine Corvette is a car that’s been rumored and hyped for literally decades. And we’re finally — finally! — going to see it this summer.Chevrolet tweeted a teaser of the eighth-generation Corvette on Thursday, and the prototype was actually driven through New York with General Motors CEO Mary Barra riding shotgun. As you can see on the large decal on the prototype’s doors, the new Corvette will be revealed on July 18, 2019.Last we heard, the midengine Corvette was delayed due to its electrical system not being up to snuff. We initially expected the car to debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.You guys, it’s real! Chevrolet We’ve also heard rumors that the midengine Corvette will be called Manta Ray (the current, seventh-generation Corvette coupe is called Stingray). As for exactly what engine will reside amidships, that’s still unknown, but rumors have suggested a 520-horsepower V8 will be on offer.In addition to the photo released on Twitter, Chevrolet published a handful of teaser images on the Corvette Instagram page. Chevy also distributed a handful of photos of the next-generation Corvette prototype being driven through New York on Thursday. All of these images can be seen in the gallery below. Leading up to the full reveal in July, Chevrolet will post updates to a dedicated website it launched Thursday. You can bet we — and the rest of the motoring world — will be bookmarking this page. Share your voice Tags 8 Photos 24 Originally published April 11, 4:11 p.m. PT. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevy teases the midengine 2020 Corvette Chevrolet
Budget airline SpiceJet got temporary reprieve when the government reportedly gave a 10-day extension on a deadline to pay 194 crore to the Airports Authority of India. AAI. The company was supposed to pay the amount by Monday. SpiceJet (Credit: Reuters)ReutersThe cash-strapped airline sought the extension on Monday at a meeting attended by Sanjiv Kapoor, its chief operating officer and SL Narayanan, the chief financial officer of its parent Sun Group, with Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma and aviation regulator. SpiceJet’s executives told the government that the airline could fold “tonight or in 30 days,” unless the Centre allowed the airline to continue flying, without having to pay oil firms and aviation authorities in advance, reported The Times of India.Sharma said, “SpiceJet has requested for relief. We will discuss within the ministry and put whatever decision emerges before seniors in the Government. This will be done in the interest of passengers. No commitment or assurance has been given to SpiceJet.” reported BusinessLine.Recapitalization PlanOn Monday, SpiceJet was to submit a recapitalization plan on how it seeks to continue operations and also a timeline on when the creditors are to be paid.However, the plan submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had no new development. There was also no mention of roping in investors to infuse fresh capital.The beleaguered airline needs 1,400 crore capital infusion immediately, followed by 600 crore later, if it has to continue flying.The airline faced a deadline on Monday to pay the AAI an outstanding sum of 194 crore, else to pay upfront or usage of facilities, starting from Tuesday.On Tuesday, the airline scrip was trading at 11.75, down 1.80 or 13.65% at 10.38 am.
RBL Bank (formerly Ratnakar Bank Limited) is all set to hit the primary market with its initial public offering (IPO) of equity shares soon, after the capital markets regulator late last month cleared the private lender’s public issue.The bank had filed the draft prospectus with the regulator on June 23, 2015.Kolhapur-based RBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December. The exercise was in accordance with its IPO document filed with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in June 2015. The shares were placed with international investors, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and CDC Group Plc. The shares were issued at Rs. 195 apiece.”This capital raise was undertaken to augment the tier 1 capital base of the Bank,” Vishwavir Ahuja, MD & CEO, RBL Bank, had said in a statement on Dec. 20, 2015.Here are some facts about RBL Bank, according to information available on its website and the draft prospectus filed with Sebi: The IPO size will be about Rs. 1,100 crore comprising fresh issue of shares, in addition to offer of sale of 17.56 million equity shares by existing investors.The face value of the share is Rs.10 each. The price band will be decided in consultation with global coordinators and book running lead managers (GCBRLMs) to the issue.The shares will be listed on BSE and NSE.The bank earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year. The diluted EPS was Rs.9.43 for 2015-16 as against Rs. 7 in 2014-15 (Diluted earnings per share reflect the potential dilution that could occur if contracts to issue equity shares were exercised or converted during the period).Deposits and advances stood at Rs. 24,348 crore and Rs. 21,229 crore, respectively, as of March 31, 2016.Net non-performing assets (NPAs) as percentage of total advances rose to 0.59 percent from 0.27 percent at the end of financial year 2014-15.The GCBRLMs to the issue are Kotak, Axis Capital, Citi and Morgan Stanley. The BRLMs are HDFC Bank, ICICI Securities, IDFC Securities, IIFL Holdings and SBI Capital Markets.The bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.Over the last five years, global and domestic investors have infused capital of over Rs. 1,500 crore in the bank, taking the TIER 1 capital to Rs. 2,200 crores (approx).As of March 2016, RBL Bank had 197 branches and 362 ATMs across 13 Indian states.The corporate office of RBL Bank is at One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2B, 6th Floor, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai, while the registered office is at Shahupuri, Kolhapur.
A New York county which declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak is on the “right path” after administering hundreds of vaccinations in two days, the chief of the US district said on Friday.Under the emergency, Rockland County banned non-vaccinated minors from public places in a bid to prevent the once-eliminated disease from spreading.Planned for 30 days from midnight Wednesday, the emergency comes during a US surge in measles cases, linked to an anti-vaccination movement.”We have already seen over 500 (new vaccinations) in the last couple of days,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said on CNBC TV.”People simply understand now that we are serious about this,” added Day, whose district is 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of downtown New York.”We believe we are on a right path now to get at least a 93 percent immunization rate with the first shot,” close to the level considered necessary to end the outbreak.Although measles was declared officially eliminated from the United States in 2000, outbreaks have occurred in five states this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The outbreaks are linked to travellers who brought the illness back from other countries, and the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated, the CDC said.The World Health Organization has warned that the growing anti-vaccine movement in richer nations constitutes a top-10 global health threat.The phenomenon has adherents in several Western nations, including Britain and France, but is particularly high profile in the US.Between 1 January and 21 March, there were 314 cases of measles in the United States, the CDC said.Rockland County, with a population of more than 300,000, had registered 157 cases as of Friday.Despite major vaccination campaigns since the outbreak began in October, around 27 per cent of minors aged one to 18 in the county remained unvaccinated, Day said earlier in the week.The worst affected neighborhoods are those with a high ultra-Orthodox Jewish population, where many oppose vaccines on religious grounds.Many vaccines are theoretically mandatory for children to attend school in the United States. But 47 out of 50 states allow exemptions on religious, moral, or personal grounds.Washington state, in the country’s northwest, in January declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of measles, an airborne infection causing fever, coughing and rashes that can be deadly in rare cases.Day on Friday called for a tightening of the school vaccination legislation and said a draft law to that effect was being discussed at the state level.
Share Travel, meals and coaches’ packetsSpreadsheets and receipts provided to The Texas Tribune under open records laws show that many schools’ recruiting costs go toward travel expenses – like airfare for recruits and coaches, rental cars, chartered buses and limousine companies, and meals that ranged from a $7,200 catered breakfast to $21.11 spent on Torchy’s Tacos.The expenses also document the presence of cottage industries that have sprung up around college sports recruiting, like coaches’ packets that contain information about up-and-coming high school players.“Sold at recruiting events,” these packets “include booklets with information on potential recruit schools, stats on scoring, heights, weight, etc.,” reads a note at the bottom of a ledger of expenses from UTEP.Last year, coaches at UTEP and two other schools paid more than $12,000, collectively, for these packets about prospective women’s and men’s basketball players and football players. At least another $100,000 was spent among those colleges on scouting services, specialized software, access to databases, and certain fees.Among the Texas schools, A&M devoted the most money to recruiting last year — $2.7 million. According to receipts and spreadsheets provided to the Tribune, the football team alone spent tens of thousands of dollars on chartered buses, SUVs or Lincoln sedans for recruiting. “Texas A&M Athletics is a fully committed partner in the overall mission of the University. Last year alone, Athletics provided significant assistance to a program to upgrade and remodel lecture halls and classrooms on the main campus,” said Douglas Walker, senior associate athletics director for external affairs at A&M, in a statement.Another rainmaker, UT-Austin’s athletics program forked over $2.3 million – including $117,745.04 to lodge and feed potential football recruits for a week, and $20,483.50 on a January dinner. More than half a million dollars were spent on private or chartered flights to recruit for UT-Austin’s football and basketball teams; A&M’s athletic program put about $1 million toward a similar expense. Texas Tech, meanwhile, spent $1.8 million on recruiting in the 2016-2017 academic year – near double what they spent a decade prior – with some of the expenses going to scout for basketball players in Italy, France and Guam, and to hire an international scouting service. They also spent $43,625 on flights with one private aviation company.The other Texas schools play in lower-profile conferences that don’t generate the same revenue from ticket purchases or television distribution deals. Those colleges spent less than A&M, UT-Austin and Texas Tech, but their recruiting costs have seen a similar rate of growth.Texas State and UTSA, for example, have each seen their recruiting expenses increase by more than 174 percent in the past decade. Spokespeople for the schools, which each pumped roughly half a million into recruiting efforts last year, said the increase is in part due to the creation and expansion of sports programs there.Texas State’s program received a $27.8 million infusion from student fees and institutional funds last year, and UTSA’s got $17.4 million. Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneKyle Field, Texas A&M’s football stadium in College Station, on March 26, 2018. A “proxy measure of quality”Spokespeople for UTSA and Texas State said that the spending is a worthwhile investment, one that can pay dividends off the field.“There’s this proxy measure of the quality of the university that’s somehow tied up with its athletics,” said Eric Algoe, a vice president at Texas State. “We can debate whether that’s right or wrong, but it’s perceived as a measure of quality out there in middle America.”Ignoring that fact, he said, can harm “your ability to do other things that having a national reputation might allow you to do: like get external funding for grants; like get big gifts to the university from our philanthropic supporters; like attract the best and brightest students from around the country,” Algoe said. “All of those things are served by having a prominent athletic program that you know is on ESPN, that is getting reported on in USA Today.”About a decade ago, Texas State students voted to move their athletics program to a different tier – and agreed to impose fees on themselves to enable the jump. Those fees now tack an added $20 per semester credit hour on to students’ bills – about $480 a year for a full-time student.Around the same time, a similar vote was taken at UTSA. A 2007 referendum – “held to help gauge support of a football program,” according to Kyle Stephens, a spokesperson for the athletics department there – received ‘yes’-es from two-thirds of the students who voted, and the school was given license to start a football program in 2008.“The addition of football, along with a transition to a higher-profile conference affiliation for all 17 sports, necessitated aggressive recruiting to be competitive” and a greater investment in coaches’ salaries, Stephens said.Algoe, describing the similar circumstance at Texas State, said: “I think that the student fee approach is really the most transparent way of funding your athletic program. It’s honest, it’s transparent, everybody understands what they’re paying and why they’re paying it.” He later said, “the only thing that might land us in the news more than athletics spending would be a large percentage tuition increase.” In exchange for the fees they pay, students at both schools receive free entry to home football games and other athletic events on campus – and they benefit from what Algoe described as the “intangible” benefits that college-sports can bring: an uptick in school spirit, alumni engagement, and brand-name recognition.“Finances is one important part,” Algoe said, “but there’s a lot of important things that go into assessing the quote-unquote value of an athletics program.”“As an alumni, one of the things that most powerfully connects former students to the university is a successful athletics program,” he said. “Athletics play a really big part in the social fabric of the institution and the surrounding community.” Private jets, chartered cars, visits to fancy restaurants.College coaches in Texas and across the country are fanning out, like they do every spring, to high school football stadiums and basketball courts to recruit the most promising players to their teams. But over the past decade, the cost of doing that has mounted. At eight public schools in Texas that participate in the highest level of college sports, recruiting costs have increased 131 percent on average since the 2007-2008 academic year, according to financial reports filed with the NCAA.Last year, those schools funneled a combined $9.8 million into recruiting the best high school players to their teams.The stakes are high. Landing top athletes can lead to winning seasons and championships – which, in turn, can flood a campus with increased revenue from tickets, merchandise sales and big alumni donations.“If you want excellence, you have to invest in it,” said Lisa Campos, athletics director at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “Students recognize that an athletic program serves as the front door to a university and attracts potential students, supporters and donors who might not otherwise be familiar with” it.Though college athletes aren’t paid, recruiting them is an enterprise that has many of the wine-and-dine hallmarks of the corporate world. Powerhouse programs, like those at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, can afford those prices. They each put more than $2 million toward recruiting last year, while raking in millions more in revenue.But recruiting costs are also rising at other Texas schools that compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision: the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at El Paso, UTSA, Texas State University and Texas Tech University.Unlike A&M’s and UT-Austin’s athletics programs – which are so profitable they can generate revenue for other initiatives on campus – the programs at those six schools can’t sustain themselves financially. Last year, those six athletics programs were subsidized by a combined $116 million in student fees and other institutional funds.
Mohammad Khursheed/Reuters/Via PBSThe structure of the mosque is seen one day after a fire at the Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas.A man convicted of torching a Victoria mosque last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.Marq Vincent Perez was sentenced Wednesday during a court hearing in Victoria, Texas.In July, a jury convicted the 26-year-old Perez of federal arson, explosives and hate crime charges.Mark Di Carlo, Perez’s defense attorney, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.At his trial, prosecutors said that a “rabid hatred” of Muslims led Perez to set fire to an Islamic center in Victoria, destroying the building.Authorities asserted Perez aimed to terrorize Muslims along the middle Texas Gulf Coast and to cause damage and destruction.Perez, who denied involvement in the blaze, could have been sentenced to up to 40 years.The Anti-Defamation League reacted to the sentence with a statement from Gail Glasser, interim Southwest Regional Director, saying it “sends a clear message that crimes like these against Muslims and other religious groups will not be tolerated in Texas, or anywhere in the United States” and thanking federal, state and local agencies, investigators and prosecutors for using the hate crime law to prosecute this case. Share
In addition to loved son and brother, reliable friend, outstanding student, and published researcher, Howard University senior Cameron Davis Clarke can now add Rhodes Scholar to his list of great feats. “I didn’t even really believe it the first time when they announced it,” Clarke said of the moment when he first heard of his achievement—only a few minutes after the Rhodes interview on the weekend of Nov. 19.Howard University senior Cameron Davis Clarke. (Facebook Photo)The biology and community health double major seemed to be more surprised than his peers about the life-changing opportunity awarded to him.“It’s not that it’s not incredible, but Cameron is just as incredible you know?” said Ruby LeMorin, a Howard University senior political science major and one of Clarke’s good friends since their freshman year. “I feel like as a friend-group, none of us ever have doubts that Cameron can get done all of the goals that he has in his life.”Clarke is one of the 32 American college students selected for the 2017 Rhodes Scholars program. He is among seven students representing the Washington region selected to study at Oxford University in fall 2017.“Cameron’s very ambitious and he struck me as a very mature young man who was focused in terms of what he wanted to do” said Krista Johnson, Clarke’s faculty adviser at the Howard chapter of Globemed, a network of 58 university based chapters established in 2007 by students that aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world”.Since coming to Howard from Jersey City in 2013, Clarke has spent his undergraduate career demonstrating his hunger for world solutions through extensive study and activism. Clarke’s interest in medicine led to experiences such as his time as a field researcher at Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar University and as a Amgen Scholar at the National Institute of Health. The 21 year-old currently serves on the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. “Community health was a choice because I realized that health isn’t just about the state of disease, you have to take a holistic standpoint when you want to address any type of health issue” said Clarke. “So biology was sort of like for when I want to go into practicing medicine and the community health is for prevention and working in policy.”While growing up in Jersey City, Clarke attended Dr. Ronald E. McNair High School, one of the top performing public high schools in the country. Though reluctant at first, he eventually joined his older brother Malcolm Clarke at Howard University, where he continued building his academic development and produced strong friendships. After graduating from Howard next summer, Clarke will pursue a masters degree in primary health at the University of Oxford where he will study alongside 95 other world scholars for two years. “He’s like the friend that whenever you need something, he’s able to assist,” said Howard senior Kalen Kennedy. Kennedy and Clarke became friends their senior year at McNair and both came to Howard University as freshmen in fall 2013. “Like no matter what it is, which is kind of weird. He’s one of those people that’s kind of good at a lot of different things.”Clarke spoke of the importance of getting an early start in one’s educational development and not allowing fear to drive away opportunities. “I think a lot of times people tend to back out of things because they think it’s going to be overwhelming or it might be too much or they might not be able to handle it but the good thing about taking an opportunity is if it ends up being too much you can always drop out,” said Clarke. “If you never take it in the first place, then you never get the chance to see how much you’re able to do.”When he’s not studying, working or bicycling through Howard’s campus, Clarke said he enjoys writing.“I like to write. I think I’ve realized over the past seven semesters that writing is kind of therapeutic for me. I definitely like to write for myself and for audiences,” he said.Clarke joins prior Rhodes Scholars and Howard University alumni Mark Alleyne, Carla Peterman, and Marianna Ofosu
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comAugust 2017, Erricka Bridgeford, Letrice Gant, Ogun Gordy, Darnyle Wharton, Jakia Jason and Michelle Shellers, launched the first “Nobody Kill Anybody”Baltimore Ceasefire weekend.It was two short years after the Uprising of 2015, two dreadful years that saw the city easily eclipse the 300 murder mark, and we were in the midst of a third consecutive year of 300 homicides. By August 2017, the city and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) had been slapped with an historic Consent Decree by the U.S. Department of Justice, in the aftermath of the homicide of Freddie Gray while in BPD custody. The garish quality of seemingly ubiquitous police corruption was headed towards an all-time high (The Gun Trace Task Force and the homicide of Det. Sean Suiter were still on the bleak horizon), and community confidence in the police was at an all-time low. The audacity of six Black people to come forward and command a cessation of murder in Baltimore, the most violent city in America seemed remarkable. Their request seemed implausible.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Yet, despite tremendous doubt, outright resistance and ridicule the Ceasefire crew pressed forward by faith. At the end of 72 hours, the Ceasefire movement mourned the deaths of Lamontrey Tynes and Donte Johnson on day two of the Ceasefire. However, there were no murders recorded for a total of 67 of the 72 (41 continous hours without a murder) hours at a time when the city was averaging a murder approximately every 19 hours.The eyes of the world were on Baltimore for that first Ceasefire and although we tragically lost the lives of two more young Black men, the majority of the city responded positively to the challenge.Thousands of Baltimoreans eschewed violence, murder and mayhem and celebrated life, at least for 72 glorious hours. The concept of Ceasefire had fired the imaginations of many. The three subsequent Ceasefire weekend after the first, the homicide numbers came down from two to one, to none, to none again.Now, two years after the first Ceasefire there is empirical evidence available as we head towards the August 2019 Ceasefire, which supports what many believe, the movement is working.In a study called, “Modeling the Effect of Baltimore Ceasefire,” published June 13, by Open Baltimore (a city agency), statistical data on shootings during the Ceasefire weekends indicate there have been 60 percent fewer shootings during the 72 hour period. “The effect of the Ceasefire is classically significant and suggest an approximate 60 percent reduction in shootings during ceasefire weekends,” according to the report.Further, the report indicates, “Without a ceasefire, we would expect about three or four people to get shot on the first day of the weekend, on average. But, this will be a Ceasefire weekend, so the model expects about two fewer shootings each day.” It is a stunning tangible result born out of an organic grassroots movement, an answer to mind-numbing violence (one of the group’s mantras is, “Don’t be numb.”)The statistical affirmation is welcomed by the leaders of Baltimore Ceasefire, although they knew in their spirits that their work was making a significant difference in the city.“Having this data confirms things we knew instinctively. With over 30 events every Ceasefire weekend, we knew Baltimoreans were shifting the atmosphere,” said Erricka Bridgeford, one of the Ceasefire co-founders, who has become the face of the movement globally.“When people told us they were going to keep their neighborhoods safe, we knew they were keeping their promises. But now, with proof that there are 60 percent fewer shootings during Ceasefire weekends, we can see that the more people know about a Ceasefire, the more peaceful Baltimore becomes,” she said.“This also proves that it is a good choice to believe in Baltimore.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
Young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual are at an increased risk of using substances such as alcohol, nicotine and marijuana, a new study has found.The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, suggested that they are also at higher risk of polysubstance use than their heterosexual peers.”This data shows definitively that polysubstance use is an issue among many youth who identify as sexual minorities, meaning they are facing added health risks,” said Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”But there are also differences among the subgroups of youth who identify as sexual minorities, suggesting we need to look beyond the averages to understand what factors may be influencing substance use in this population,” Dermody added.Sexual minority is an umbrella term for those who identify with any sexual identity other than heterosexual or who report same-sex attraction or behaviour.For the study, the team involved more than 15,000 lesbian, gay or bisexual youth. The goal of the study was to better understand the risks associated with polysubstance use, or the use of three or more types of drugs, among sexual minority youth. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe data showed that there is a sizeable number of youth, both heterosexual and sexual minority, who don’t use any substances at all, Dermody said.But among those who do, she found that those identified as sexual minority youth were at higher risk of using each type of drug – alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes – compared to heterosexual youth.And within the sexual minority youth population, some groups were at more risk than others for using one, two or all three substances, the researchers found.Bisexual youth faced the largest increase in risk of polysubstance abuse as well as combinations of two substances, while those who identified as lesbian or gay were only at higher risk for some combinations, the team said.The disparity may be due in part to stress from discrimination, violence and victimisation rooted in their sexual minority status, Dermody noted.
Spending plan boosts funding for education, road projectsState Rep. Julie Calley today voted for an effective and efficient state budget that increases spending on education and transportation system repairs while at the same time reducing the size of government.Calley, of Portland, said the budget is a fiscally responsible blueprint for Michigan.“This budget does more than just fund the vital departments, programs and services upon which Michigan residents depend,” Calley said. “We accomplish that – record spending on K-12 education and the most money ever spent on our transportation system – on fewer state taxpayer dollars than those being used in the current general state budget. That’s conservative, accountable budgeting.”Calley said the budget aims to boost the number of career and technical workers available for the in-demand jobs by increasing training funds by one-third.Road and bridge projects will see an increase in the coming budget year as well.“We cut the size of state government so we could dedicate more money to fix our crumbling transportation system,” Calley said. “We need less bureaucracy and more asphalt and concrete for our roads in Michigan.”She also pointed out the Legislature made sure it was using taxpayer money efficiently.“Just like families across Michigan, we have tightened our belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government,” Calley said. “We strive to be good stewards of the taxpayer money people entrust to us by forcing government to live within its means.”Other aspects of the state budget include:Overall growth in spending does not exceed the rate of inflation.The budget helps make life better in communities across Michigan by adding money for road repairs, public safety departments, parks and other programs to improve our daily lives.The plan pays down millions of dollars in debt, helping relieve state liability and opening the door for a more secure financial future. ##### 20Jun Rep. Calley joins House colleagues in voting for budget Categories: Calley News,News