Milner optimistic of a positive Reds response

first_imgJames Milner is urging his Liverpool teammates to step up their game after losing two successive games in the League and Cup ties.The Reds slumped to another 2-1 loss at Wolves in the cup on Monday after losing to Man City at the Etihad.With a trip to Brighton next, Milner expects his side to crank up the pressure on City by beating the Seagulls to go seven points clear before their clash with Wolves.“Back-to-back defeats isn’t really good enough for us but you have blips in a season,” said the 33-year-old via Sky.“It’s not something you want, especially at Liverpool, we know what’s expected. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It’s not about blips, they are expected but it’s how you respond and bounce back. You’ve seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back.“It’s easier saying that but we have to do that at the weekend.”He said: “I should do better. The pitch all night was a bit tricky and lively. It’s the same for both teams. It was my mistake for the first goal and it’s cost us, if not it’s 1-1 and we get a replay.“It was a pretty good finish from their lad but they didn’t have many chances. We didn’t either but that’s what separated the teams, my mistake and a very good finish for the second goal.”last_img read more

Stolen mule reunited with owner suspect in Escondido police custody

first_img February 26, 2018 FacebookTwitter ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — A man suspected of stealing a mule early Monday from a drifter making camp for the night in a North County park was caught hours later and arrested on suspicion of grand theft of livestock.David Albert Martinez, 28, and a cohort allegedly untied the roughly 1,000-pound animal, named Little Girl, from a tree at Grape Day Park in Escondido while her owner slept nearby and walked off with the mule shortly after midnight. A surveillance camera captured images of the perpetrators, according to police.The mule’s keeper, 70-year-old John Sears, awoke around dawn to find his pack animal gone and immediately reported the theft, Lt. Ed Varso said.Officers searched the neighborhood and surrounding areas for hours with help from a sheriff’s helicopter crew. About 2:30 p.m., police caught up with Martinez as he led Little Girl alongside a road near Dixon Lake, about a mile east of the spot where she had gone missing, the lieutenant said.The 28-year-old mule, appearing none the worse for the ordeal, was then reunited with her relieved master, Varso said.What inspired the alleged theft was unclear, the lieutenant said. Officers remained on the lookout for the outstanding suspect.Sears has traveled California on foot with a succession of mules, often three at once, for decades, according to a website that documents his travels. He gravitated toward his “ages-old nomadic life” because it’s where he and his animals “want to be” and because doing otherwise “makes no sense,” a statement on the site asserts.Sears acquired Little Girl in 1993, according to the website, which explains that he began traveling the state and living outdoors in the mid-1980s and has been doing so full time since retiring in 2001. Stolen mule reunited with owner, suspect in Escondido police custody KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 5:58 PM Posted: February 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Eaton Will Make Wilmington Proud

first_imgDear Editor,I have known Jonathan Eaton for many years. I have found Jonathan to be honest, hard working and caring regardless of the situation.  He has the knowledge, poise and drive to represent the people of Wilmington in a way that will make us proud. I wholeheartedly support Jonathan as our new Selectman.Sincerely,Elaine HoffNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilmington Finance Committee Chair Endorses Eaton For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eaton’s Experiences & Credentials Make Him An Ideal Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eaton Has Shown A Commitment To The CommunityIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

This 32inch Insignia Fire TV is a steal at 100

first_img 18 This 32-inch TV has built-in Amazon Fire TV smarts, and an Alexa-powered remote to go with it. Best Buy To my thinking, any TV you buy today should have either Amazon Fire TV or Roku built in. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay a premium for those awesome “smart” interfaces.Proof positive: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the Insignia 32-inch LED TV with built-in Fire TV for just $99.99 (plus tax). That’s $70 off the regular price, and a repeat of a sale from about a month ago.See it at Best BuySo, Fire TV or Roku? The latter gets more attention these days, but Fire TV is arguably just as good and may be even better. It affords most of the same streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and so on. (Alas, if you want YouTube, you have to access it via a web-browser app.) And it comes with an Alexa-enabled remote, so you can bark orders at the TV.Fire TV also affords access to various Alexa skills and a huge library of Amazon apps. For example, you could play the excellent party game Quiplash — something Roku can’t do.  Read more: The best TVs for 2019There’s a built-in tuner should you wish to connect an antenna, and three HDMI inputs for things like cable boxes and game consoles.Here’s the only real hedge: The TV tops out at 720p (that is, 1,366×768-pixel) resolution, meaning it’s definitely not suited for computer use. Some would also argue that 720p is a bit low for a 32-inch screen. I’d say it’s the cutoff point: Anything larger and you’ll definitely want 1080p. But here it’s probably sufficient.Indeed, look no further than the 1,300-plus customer ratings, which average out to 4.6 stars. Few people appear to have an issue with the 720p resolution.Your thoughts? TVs 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. Amazon Best Buy Amazon Fire TV News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Comments 15 Photos Originally published on April 5, 2019.Update, May 10: Item is back on sale.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate Tags Share your voice Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming 7 best TVs under $1,000last_img read more

FTC looking at whether Juul marketed to minors says report

first_imgThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that “e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.” Eva Hambach/Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether e-cigarette maker Juul practiced deceptive marketing, including targeting minors, says a Thursday report from The Wall Street Journal. Regulators may also seek monetary damages as they look into Juul’s hiring of social media influencers to advertise its nicotine vaping devices, said the Journal.”We fully cooperate and are transparent with any government agency or regulator who have interest in our category” a Juul spokesman said in a statement to CNET.The company also said its paid influencer program was a “short-lived pilot that ended in 2018.” Juul said it worked with fewer than 10 adults who were all smokers or former smokers over the age of 30.Separate investigations into the company and possible vaping-related health issues have been launched by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several state attorneys general and the Food and Drug Administration. The FTC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Share your voice 0 Get your vitamins by vaping Wellness Politics Post a commentcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: FTC 4:37 Tagslast_img read more

Chaddies become popular poll plank in Maharashtra

first_imgIn picture: NCP chief Sharad Pawar.Twitter/Sharad Pawar [Representational Image]As campaigning for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections ended, Maharashtra politicians plummeted to new lows when they virtually bared each other’s ‘chaddis’ while hitting out at opponents.The first soft tug at the secret garment was made by Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar at an election rally on Sunday in Madha.The normally composed Pawar, 78, suddenly seemed to have let his guard down when he hit out at a senior NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil, whose son Ranjitsinh recently crossed over to the BJP. Last week, Mohite-Patil Sr. even attended a rally addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Solapur.”Now that you went there, I have nothing to say. But next time, don’t go there clad in half chaddies. Don’t compel us to see your thighs and legs… Exercise caution… What will people think?” Pawar said amidst huge cheers and catcalls at the rally.The obvious taunt was to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) whom opposition politicians usually refer to as ‘khaki chaddiwalas’ in private conversations.Hitting back at Pawar, a livid Mohite-Patil, 75, said at another meeting, jeeringly asking “why the ‘langoti-clad pehelwan’ of Baramati ran away from the election arena” if he was not scared of the ‘chaddiwalas’.As the controversy snowballed, the 48-year-old Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also jumped into the haute-couture political discussion by helpfully pointing out that the so-called “half ‘chaddi’ had given way to (brown) trousers long back (2016).””Don’t forget… it was with the support of these very same ‘chaddiwalas’ you refer to, that you had become Chief Minister first time (1978),” Fadnavis lashed out.He warned that “it would be clear on May 23, when the election results are declared, whose ‘chaddi’ remains”.The full-fledged ‘chaddi-langoti’ political war erupted a week after Samajwadi Party leader in Uttar Pradesh, Azam Khan made similar unparliamentary remarks on his BJP opponent and former Bollywood actress Jaya Prada.Khan had created shockwaves with his comment: “In just 17 days, I had gauged that (her) underwear is of ‘khaki’ colour,” and has been booked for the same.Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray went beyond ‘chaddis’ last week at a public meeting where he played a videotape on Modi announcing how 850,000 public toilets were built in a week in Bihar under the Swachhata Mission.”How much is he fibbing? As per our calculations, the figure comes to seven toilets built per five seconds… You don’t even ‘get it out’ so quickly, but toilets were constructed at such top speeds,” Thackeray commented, having the audiences in splits and his speech videos went viral all over.last_img read more

England vs Australia First Ashes Test 5 reasons for Aussie teams resounding

first_imgAustralia registered a hard-fought but comprehensive winTwitter/ICCThe 2019 Ashes series is off and running with the visitors recording a thumping victory over the hosts and favourites England. It’s a good start to the most hyped series in international Test cricket as the five days witnessed a gripping contest between bat and ball where the brilliance of Steve Smith proved too much for the Joe Root-led side.With this loss, England find themselves in the unenviable position of having to fight back from a trailing position to regain the Ashes. On the other hand, it has reassured the Australians, going through a tough phase in Test cricket, that they are back to being a highly-competitive side.As dust settles at Edgbaston ground where England suffered their first Test loss since 2001, it’s time to look at what made Tim Paine’s side victors. Here is a brief summary of the five biggest factors in shaping the outcome of the first Ashes Test. Smith played two brilliant innings in this TestTwitter/Cricket AustraliaSmith, Smith, SmithAt 122/8 in their first innings, the thought of even winning the match would have been distant in the minds of Australian fans. Winning by 251 runs, the eventual result, would have been beyond the imagination of the most optimistic Aussie. The reason for this turnaround is simply one man – Steve Smith. Returning from a year-long ban for ball-tampering, Smith showed that his hunger for runs and appetite for batting long has only been intensified by his exile. It wasn’t just the first innings where he rescued his side. In the second also, they were three down while still trailing by 15 runs. To take his team from that position to one of invincibility was incredible. Bowlers around the world, beware! Anderson’s injury hurt England badlyReutersAnderson’s injuryLosing any of your frontline bowlers after he has bowled just four overs in the first innings is very troubling. To lose your best bowler is an outright kick to the guts. That’s what England suffered on the very first day as James Anderson went off the field with an injury that eventually prevented him from bowling anymore. While Broad and Woakes combined well in the first innings, it is reasonable to assume that Anderson might have been way more effective in troubling the Aussie batsmen. Without him, England were severely handicapped. The pitch didn’t provide much home advantage to EnglandTwitter/ICCThe PitchEngland had asked for the batch of balls which were used last summer against Indian and Pakistan to be used this year as well. They expected the red cherries to swing as much in 2019 as they did in 2018. But the conditions weren’t the same, especially, the pitch was much less green than last year’s tracks. As a result, the batsmen didn’t have much to worry them after the new ball had the shine off. This negated England’s home advantage and proved very suitable to Australia. Moeen Ali was disappointing in this TestReutersMoeen’s failureMoeen Ali’s bowling has been superb since he came back into the English Test side last year during the fourth Test against India. But in this match, when the conditions were perfectly in his favour and he was given the job of being the leading wicket-taker, the off-spinner floundered badly. He bowled poorly and allowed the Australians to pile on the agony. How deadly he could have been was revealed by the delivery that clean bowled Paine. It was a classical off-spinner’s ball that pitched outside the off stump and spun sharply to hit the sticks. If only Ali had bowled that line consistently, things could have been very different. Nathan Lyon proved the effectiveness of spin on this wicket on the final day. Moeen proved innocuous just a day before. Australia winning the toss and batting first was crucialTwitter/ICCThe tossAustralia batting first after winning the toss was also a very big factor in their win. The pressure of chasing a score and getting a lead beyond it has proven to be too tough for England in recent years. The same thing happened here. Despite the hundred from Rory Burns, the team failed to bat Australia out of the game in the first innings. Last year, their only defeat to India also came in a match where they batted second. They are just not used to fighting hard when taking on a decent first-innings total.last_img read more

New deal sees an end to the US and EU trade war

first_imgTrump has insisted in recent months on the need for the EU to agree to his demands to facilitate US access to the European market and has threatened to impose tariffs of up to 20 per cent on imports of European automobiles if the bloc did not make concessions to Washington. Donald Trump Reiterates Relationship Between The U.S. And U.K. Remains Strong Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:29Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … U.S. President Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speak about trade relations in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2018.REUTERS/Joshua RobertsUS President Donald Trump has announced he has reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) to move forward together toward a “zero tariff” situation, thus avoiding a trade war, after meeting the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.Trump on Wednesday said he had reached an agreement to work together toward a policy of “zero” tariffs and trade barriers, adding “we are starting the negotiation right now, but we know where it is going” and proclaiming “a new phase” in US-EU trade relations, Efe news reported.Meanwhile, both Washington and Brussels will “hold off on other tariffs” while the talks are underway, Juncker said.In a joint appearance before the press with Juncker, Trump said that the European Union will begin importing soybeans from the US Midwest, as well as liquefied natural gas to “diversity” its energy sources, in addition to reducing some industrial tariffs.The EC chief, meanwhile, hailed the trade agreement, which includes reducing tariffs by both parties and easing the bilateral frictions that had arisen in recent months. Juncker said that he had gone into his Oval Office meeting with Trump with both parties intending to reach an agreement.He also said that the pact establishes the “resolution” of the US tariffs on European steel and aluminium that had sparked a trade brouhaha between Brussels and Washington, although neither Trump nor Juncker specified whether these would be immediately annulled.Minutes later, at a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Juncker said that the agreement emphasised the “special” nature of the alliance between the US and the EU going on to stress that trade between the two parties comprises half of all global commerce.Juncker’s visit to Washington aroused great expectations after the exchange of accusations and the imposition of tariffs by Trump on European steel and aluminium, to which Brussels had responded with identical measures on assorted US products, including motorcycles and jeans.last_img read more

I was a zombie Parineeti Chopra opens up on suffering from depression

first_imgParineeti Chopra.Varinder ChawlaParineeti Chopra, who is awaiting the release of her new movie Jabariya Jodi, recently opened up about her battle with depression.The actress narrated her journey through the disorder and coming out stronger. Parineeti had gone through a breakup at the time and her movies were also failing at the box office.”I’m referring to the year 2015 – end of 2014 and all of 2015. I would say the one-and-half years were truly the worst time of my life. Two of my films, Daawat-e-Ishq and Kill Dil didn’t work. That was my first setback. Suddenly I didn’t have money. I had bought a house and done big investments. Then I went through a big heartbreak in my life. Literally, all departments in my life were down and I had nothing positive to look forward to,” said Parineeti.Talking about the terrible phase, Parineeti further said that she had stopped eating, sleeping and had locked herself up in her house.”I stopped eating, sleeping well, didn’t have any friends at that time. I never met people. I cut off touch with everyone including my family. I would talk to them once in two weeks. I was gone. I just used to be in my room, watching TV, sleeping, getting up, and staring all day. I was a zombie. I was typical filmy depressed girl. I would curl up on my sofa and sleep, falling ill all the time. I didn’t meet the media for almost six months,” she said.However, Parineeti had two people – her brother Sahej and a friend Sanjana – who helped her fight depression. Pictured: Parineeti Chopra at Toronto International Film Festival 2013.Reuters”I literally took life into my own hands because I thought if I go into this pit, I’ll never come out again. I was 25 and very vulnerable emotionally. I never had any gravitas. I was just a flying bird who didn’t have anything holding me. I thought if I don’t get out of it now I never will,” the actress said.”Suddenly I started working a lot. Bindu really healed me. My personal life became better. I started meeting friends again. I had to call a lot of people and apologize for being out of touch. I had to reconnect with my people and now, touch wood, I’m prepared. Today if any kind of failure hits me, I’m definitely better prepared. I thank God every day that this didn’t happen to me later. I am so glad it happened when I was 25. That jhatka (shock) so early can really fix you for life,” added Parineeti.Earlier, Deepika Padukone had revealed that she once suffered acute depression and now she runs an NGO that helps people suffering with the disorder.last_img read more

A New Nationwide Tax Bill Passed Today How Does It Impact Texans

first_imgE FILE 898 (CC BY-SA 2.0) / FLICKR HTTP://BIT.LY/2CZGVVOAfter weeks of debate in both the House and the Senate, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. approved changes to the U.S. tax system this week.The policy overhaul comes with a $1.5 trillion price tag for the federal government and has been spearheaded by Republicans, who hold the majority in Congress. The voted today on the GOP’s tax bill. It tackles a range of sweeping tax reforms including changes to corporate tax rates, the child tax credit for families, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and more. The bill lowers taxes for 95 percent of Americans in 2018, according to the Tax Policy Center, but cuts for the country’s top earners are much higher than those for people who make less.Over the weekend, President Trump said that the bill’s passage would be a great gift to the middle class, but a report from Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation shows that on average, families earning $20,000-$40,000 a year would pay more in individual income taxes in 2023 and beyond.What can Americans – and Texans in particular – expect from the GOP’s new tax plan? Guests: Congressman Lloyd Doggett, U.S. representative for the 35th district of TexasMark Cochran, professor of law at St. Mary’s School of LawTom Benning,  reporter for the Dallas Morning News’ Washington bureau“The Source” is a live-call in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m.  During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email or tweet at @TPRSource. Leave a voicemail with your questions and comments in advance by calling 210-615-8982.*Audio for this interview will be available by Tuesday, Dec. 19 by 3:30 p.m.  Sharelast_img read more

Judge Moves Trial Of Santa Fe High School Shooting Suspect Texas Blocked

first_img Share Wednesday, February 27, 2019Top afternoon stories:Galveston County Sheriff’s OfficeDimitrios Pagourtzis.Judge Moves Trial Of Santa Fe High School Shooting Suspect Out Of Galveston CountyThe judge overseeing the upcoming trial of the alleged Santa Fe High School shooter decided on Wednesday the trial will be moved out of Galveston County.Judge John Ellisor, who presides over the 122nd District Court in Galveston County, granted a change of venue motion filed by the attorneys for Dimitrios Pagourtzis.Nicholas Poehl, one of Pagourtzis’ lawyers, said this week his client should receive the same treatment as others accused of mass murder. He cited Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer Ted Bundy, who received changes of venue.Pagourtzis, 18, is accused of opening fire at the Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, killing 10 people and wounding 13 others. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis August 25, 2018, photo shows a voting sign in Harris County.Texas Blocked From Purging Voters In Citizenship ReviewA federal judge has put a temporary stop to the process of reviewing the citizenship of tens of thousands of registered Texas voters, making it clear that no Texas county should move forward with efforts to purge voters or issue letters demanding proof of citizenship “without prior approval of the Court with a conclusive showing that the person is ineligible to vote.”The Wednesday order from U.S. District Judge Fred Biery comes a month after the Texas secretary of state flagged nearly 100,000 voters for citizenship review — and a flurry of civil rights groups filed three separate lawsuits to block state and county officials from working off of what has proven to be a deeply flawed set of data.Biery ordered that while the litigation continues, counties can “continue to find out if in fact someone is registered who is not a citizen” — some have done so by comparing registered voters with those made citizens at recent naturalization ceremonies, for example — but may not communicate directly with any particular individual on the list.Tens of thousands of the individuals on the list compiled by the secretary of state’s office were naturalized before registering to vote — making casting a ballot perfectly legal. The number of voters in that group is expected to grow as efforts to review the list proceed.Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaAndrea Duhon leads a rally to preserve the Harris County Department of Education.Activists Concerned About Future Of Harris County Department Of EducationPublic education activists are asking the Harris County Department of Education’s (HCDE) board to rehire a consulting firm that lobbies for the agency in the Texas Legislature and commit to funding special education and early childhood education programs.Andrea Duhon is one of the activists and spoke to Houston Matters on Wednesday. She said the board’s recent decision to cancel the HCDE’s contract with HillCo Partners “left the entire department of education vulnerable to shutting down.”Duhon referenced several bills that State Representative Paul Bettencourt filed in 2017. One of the bills proposed to analyze a potential shutdown of the HCDE.Members and supporters of civic groups such as Indivisible Houston, Black Lives Matter and FIEL held a press conference before the board’s Wednesday meeting to talk about their concerns and demands.The board president didn’t respond to Houston Matters’ request for comment.NTSB PhotoNTSB investigators search Trinity Bay for recorders from the cargo jet crash in Texas.DOJ Warns Public Not To Pick Up Wreckage Of Plane That Crashed Near AnahuacThe Department of Justice is warning the public that knowingly withholding any parts of the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed near Anahuac on Saturday is a federal crime.In a news release, the DOJ said an individual convicted of withholding part of a civil aircraft involved in an accident could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.The FBI, which has sent an evidence recovery team to the site of the accident, also distributed the warning. The FBI has urged anyone with information, photos or videos regarding the incident or with knowledge of debris from the crash to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.The NTSB and the FBI have asked area residents and businesses to check security cameras for possible video of the crash.last_img read more

AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday March 25

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: review of some of the top political and law enforcement stories of the week with The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, who are tonight’s guest hosts. Plus, a special one-hour musical tribute to Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, of the legendary Hip Hop group, “A Tribe Called Quest,” who died this week at age 45.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Baltimore Mayor Says her 500K Book Deal was a Mistake

first_imgBy DAVID McFADDEN, Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s mayor on Thursday described a lucrative arrangement to sell her self-published children’s books to a university-based health care system as a “regrettable mistake” and offered apologies for “any lack of confidence or disappointment” citizens and colleagues may be feeling.At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Catherine Pugh provided five pages of paperwork, asserting they detail production and various deliveries of her “Healthy Holly” books to Baltimore’s school system. She also provided a copy of a January 2011 letter to the district’s chief academic officer describing a donation of 20,000 copies of “Health Holly: Exercising is Fun!”In this June 8, 2018 file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses a gathering during the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)Since 2011, Pugh received $500,000 selling her illustrated paperback series to the University of Maryland Medical System, a $4 billion hospital network. Pugh sat on the medical system’s board of directors for about 18 years.“I am deeply sorry for any lack of confidence or disappointment which this initiative may have caused any Baltimore City residents and colleagues. In hindsight, this arrangement with the University of Maryland Medical System was a regrettable mistake,” she said, speaking in a weakened voice as she recovers from what spokespeople called a bout of pneumonia.One of Maryland’s largest private employers, the UMMS paid Pugh half-a-million dollars for 100,000 copies of her roughly 20-page books, arguably making her among the world’s most successful self-published authors. There was no contract behind the deal and the hospital network described some of the purchases as “grants” in federal filings. Pugh — who once sat on a state Senate committee that funded the major health network before becoming mayor in 2016 — served on the system’s board since 2001.Pugh’s slim “Healthy Holly” books, sharing tips on nutrition and exercise, were meant to be distributed to schools and daycares. But the school district has described her hard-to-find books as “unsolicited” donations after The Baltimore Sun recently exposed Pugh’s arrangements with UMMS. Fewer than 9,000 copies were found collecting dust in a district warehouse. It’s unclear where tens of thousands of other copies are.Pugh suggested Thursday that it was up to the city’s school district to clear up the confusion.“I do hope that we find out from the school system where the rest of those books are,” she said.During the evening press conference, Pugh also held up cloth bibs, onesies and other baby items with words like “jump” and “play” emblazoned on them that she says were intended to be part of her campaign to teach youngsters and families about health. She said her “Healthy Holly” initiative was “never about books” but was “about a lifestyle.”She said her lawyer advised her not to take any questions since the arrangement with UMMS is now being investigated. A retired state corruption investigator has filed a complaint against Pugh with the state prosecutor’s office.Pugh choked up at the end of her presentation and departed the conference room, appearing drained as reporters yelled out questions.A Democrat, Pugh faces a 2020 Democratic primary for re-election in a city dominated by her party’s political machine.Criticism of UMMS and of Pugh has lately been intense. The Washington Post’s editorial board recently asserted the UMMS had a “get-rich-quick program” for many of its board members, with Pugh’s involvement painted as an egregious case of “political sleaze.”In recent days, Pugh resigned from the volunteer UMMS board and returned her most recent payment of $100,000. She also amended years of financial disclosure forms from her state Senate days.Pugh is not the only board member who received significant financial compensation from UMMS. About one-third of the UMMS board members received compensation through the medical system’s arrangements with their businesses, a revelation that Gov. Larry Hogan has called “appalling.”Two other members of the board have also resigned, and four others went on voluntary leave while the system reviews governance practices. The president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System has recently been sent on a temporary leave of absence.Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says an independent audit is urgent to understand how many “self-dealing” arrangements there have been over the years.___Follow McFadden on Twitter: read more

Sony Music Revenue Hits 4 Billion as Streaming Soars

first_imgThe announcement came just three months after the dramatic announcement that accompanied Sony’s third quarter results, that Kaz Hirai would step down as group CEO, with effect from April 1. He was to be replaced by Sony’s CFO and head of internal strategy Kenichiro Yoshida. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img As part of a strong Sony earnings report for its 2017-18 fiscal year (which ended on March 31) the company’s music division’s revenue rose more than 12% to around $4.03 billion in Rob Stringer’s first year at the helm as CEO. Streaming revenues soared more than 37% to $1.8 billion, comprising more than 44% of the music division’s total.Physical sales were also up, rising nearly $10 million to $1.20 billion. While the company did not break down those numbers, a source said they were driven by a strong showing in Japan, where physical sales remain strong, as well as a continued uptick in vinyl sales; physical sales overall are expected to continue their gradual downward trajectory. Download revenues continued to fall, dropping 18% to just under $450 million.The company singled out Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma,” DJ Khaled’s “Grateful” and Camila Cabello’s “Camila” as its top-selling albums.last_img read more

Sony Cybershot DSCT500 Digital Camera

first_imgImage courtesy of CoolGadgetsZone Citation: Sony Cybershot DSC-T500 Digital Camera (2008, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The DSC-T500 uses MPEG-4 movie format to give you high quality video recording while maintaining a small file size. The DSC-T500, 10-megapixel camera, features a wide and full-screen 720p movie recording at 30 fps in fine, standard and VGA recording modes. This makes the resolution of this camera three times higher than a standard definition movie.The LCD viewing screen measures 3.5″ diagonally (16:9 aspect ratio) and is also a touch panel, which makes navigation very easy. Unlike other LCD screens, this LCD can be viewed in strong outside light. The camera incorporates a Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens with a wide field of view of 33-165 mm, which is the 35 mm camera equivalency.Additional features include:• Optical SteadyShot – image stabilization• ISO up to 3200• Approximately 4 GB internal memory• Expandable memory (memory stick media card)• Face detection (automatically detects up to eight faces in the camera frame and adjusts focus, exposure and flash)• Connect to HDTV via HDMI cable (sold separately)• Record video in both wide and full-screen mode at 720p at 30 fps• Create slideshows with sophisticated slide transitions, pre-recorded background music or add your own• Picture Motion Browser software lets you organize and view your pictures• 13 Scene Modes: high sensitivity, twilight, twilight portrait, soft-snap, landscape, beach, snow, fireworks, hi-speed shutter, smile shutter, gourmet, auto adjustment, and underwaterVia: CoolGadgetsZone and Digital Photography Review Sony is adding high-definition video recording to their digital camera line with the introduction of the Cybershot DSC-T500. The DSC-T500 has the ability to capture still images while in video recording mode. This camera is due to be released in late September and will sell for about $400.last_img read more

Physics duo describe a way to guarantee true randomness

first_imgIllustration of the bipartite set-up. Image (c) Nature Physics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2300 Journal information: Nature Physics Roger Colbeck and Renato Renner, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Physics, have figured out a way to virtually guarantee randomness in a constant stream of information. They say their technique can also transform a stream of not quite random data, to one that is truly random.Their work is based on experiments done with quantum entanglement, whereby two particles appear to coexist in separate places. What happens to one, happens to the other at exactly the same time. Scientists don’t yet know how it happens, but they are now able to make it happen whenever they want. In looking at studies of quantum entanglement, Colbeck and Renner noted that physicists involved in the study tended to assume that the measurements used to study the phenomenon were originally random.Because of this, the two calculated what would likely happen if a stream of data that was only partially random was correlated with other variables, thus ensuring that bits of information would not be random. If those bits of information were used to choose measurements on paired particles that were entangled that were caused to go down different paths the outcome would have to be independent of the other variables, which would mean true randomness had been achieved.The two say that this process could be applied to real world data to create true random data streams that could be used in virtually any application that requires the use of truly random numbers. Researchers roll Einstein’s dice: Developing a quantum random number generator © 2012 Phys.Org Explore furthercenter_img More information: Free randomness can be amplified, Nature Physics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2300AbstractAre there fundamentally random processes in nature? Theoretical predictions, confirmed experimentally, such as the violation of Bell inequalities, point to an affirmative answer. However, these results are based on the assumption that measurement settings can be chosen freely at random, so assume the existence of perfectly free random processes from the outset. Here we consider a scenario in which this assumption is weakened and show that partially free random bits can be amplified to make arbitrarily free ones. More precisely, given a source of random bits whose correlation with other variables is below a certain threshold, we propose a procedure for generating fresh random bits that are virtually uncorrelated with all other variables. We also conjecture that such procedures exist for any non-trivial threshold. Our result is based solely on the no-signalling principle, which is necessary for the existence of free randomness.via ScienceNews ( — In the natural world, it seems randomness is all around. Walk through a forest for example and it appears completely random, despite the fact that natural patterns emerge at almost every turn. In the human world, randomness is valued by all manner of people in a variety of circumstances, from testers of systems to ensure that weaknesses show up before products are sold to the public, to cryptologists, to those that run casinos where randomness ensures the house will win far more often than not. Unfortunately, guaranteeing true randomness is not something that comes easy. Take the lowly coin toss for example. A slight difference in weight on the “heads” side may cause the “tales” side to turn up a hundredth of a percentage point more often. Because of this, new work by a pair of physicists is catching the attention of people across a wide swath of interests. Citation: Physics duo describe a way to guarantee true randomness (2012, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers uncover amazing physics feat of spitting Archerfish

first_img © 2013 Play Low-resolution color movie showing an archer fish shooting a jet of water to a prey supported by a clear plastic film. During the shooting the mouth of the fish barely emerges from the interface between water and air, while the rest of his body remains submerged. The image sequence has been grabbed at 400 frames/s and is played at 25 fps. Credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867.s001 All in all, it’s an amazing use of math and physics—all by a fish with barely any brains. Watching Archerfish in action, most would likely be impressed at the way they catch their food. They move to just below the surface then shoot a mouthful of water into the air. The water eventually reaches an insect perched on a branch or blade of grass and knocks it into the water. As the water is inflight, the fish is already on the move, positioning itself to where it knows the insect will land. Then it eats it.Vailati and his colleagues can’t explain how the fish is able to calculate the proper trajectory of its water blob, or how it knows when and where to position itself, but they are able to explain why the water expulsion technique the fish uses, is so successful. It comes down to principles of Physics.To start things off the researchers filmed the fish—slowing down the action to see what was happening. They discovered what seemed impossible—that the water was actually accelerating as it headed towards its target. Further investigation revealed how it was possible.First off, the fish pushes the water out harder the longer its spurt lasts. This means that the water at the tail end of the blob of water is moving faster than the water at the leading end. That would normally mean the water blob would flatten as it ran into itself and spread out. Not in this case, instead the fish uses a known fluid dynamics property called the Plateau–Rayleigh instability. This is where water moving as a stream brakes down into small pieces—small segments form and are eventually pinched off to create entirely separate, much smaller blobs, of liquid, all moving in the same direction as the original stream. So, because the tiny blobs are separated, the original blob doesn’t bunch up as it travels. But, then it does, as the tiny blobs in back catch up with the ones in front, just before it hits the targeted insect, knocking it, violently off its perch and into the water below. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen ( —Alberto Vailati and colleagues at the University of Milan have uncovered a truly astonishing feat of physics used by spitting Archerfish to catch prey. Vailati et al report in a paper they’ve had published in the journal PLoS ONE, that the fish actually cause a mouthful of water they expel, to speed up, as it travels through the air on its way to its target. More information: Vailati A, Zinnato L, Cerbino R (2012) How Archer Fish Achieve a Powerful Impact: Hydrodynamic Instability of a Pulsed Jet in Toxotes jaculatrix. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047867AbstractArcher fish knock down insects anchored to vegetation by hitting them with a precisely aimed jet of water. The striking force of the jet at the impact is such to overcome the strong anchoring forces of insects. The origin of the effectiveness of such hunting mechanism has been long searched for inside of the fish, in the unsuccessful attempt to identify internal structures dedicated to the amplification of muscular power. Here we perform a kinematic analysis of the jet emitted by two specimens of Toxotes jaculatrix. We estimate that at the impact the jet conveys a typical specific power of about 3000 W/kg, which is well above the maximum specific power of the order of 500 W/kg deliverable by a vertebrate muscle. Unexpectedly, we find that the amplification of muscular power occurs outside of the fish, and is due to a hydrodynamic instability of the jet akin to those occurring in Drop-on-Demand inkjet printing. The investigated fish are found to modulate the velocity of the jet at the orifice to favor the formation of a single, large, water drop that hits the prey abruptly with a large momentum. The observed mechanism represents a remarkable example of use of an external hydrodynamic lever that does possibly not entail the high evolutionary cost needed for the development of highly specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy.via Wired Citation: Researchers uncover amazing physics feat of spitting Archerfish (2013, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Journal information: PLoS ONE Archer fish hunt insects with water jet 6 times stronger than their muscular power This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Propagation of the jet. Credit: PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867last_img read more