first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team closed out an unbeaten 2018 with a friendly wins over Portugal and Scotland, but it was anything but straightforward for Jill Ellis’ side.Ellis experimented a bit with her roster and lineup choices, and as a result the U.S. was much more disjointed than usual in a pair of 1-0 victories.In the end the manner in which the U.S. won these two matches in Europe likely won’t matter much, with 2019 now the focus. It was quite the 2018 though, with the U.S. going 18-0-2 and winning the SheBelieves Cup, the Tournament of Nations and the Concacaf Women’s Championship. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Before we move on to 2019, let’s look at five takeaways from the USWNT’s wins at Portugal and Scotland.Europe shows its strength in depthCrystal Dunn USWNT Joanne Love ScotlandThe U.S. took on the best Concacaf had to offer last month and had exactly zero trouble dispatching any and all-comers from their region, ending the Concacaf Women’s Championship with 26 goals scored and zero conceded in five matches.Against Portugal and Scotland, however, the U.S. hardly had things its own way. Though the results were there, the USWNT struggled to impose itself on the two games and could have easily ended up drawing either match.Portugal finished third in its World Cup qualifying group and failed to reach France, while Scotland recently qualified for its first World Cup ever. Neither country is even in the top 10 of UEFA, according to the latest FIFA rankings.Though the U.S. emerged victories against both countries, Portugal and Scotland’s performance against the world champions was a clear demonstration of how deep UEFA is compared to other regions.Defense holds firm as shutout streak continuesClaire Emslie Scotland Emily Sonnett USWNTThe U.S. is the favorite to lift the World Cup again next summer not just because of its dynamic attack, but increasingly because of its stout back line.Though defense hasn’t always been a strong point for Ellis’ side, the U.S. has progressed to the point where it has now posted nine consecutive clean sheets. The last goal the USWNT conceded was in August, and it ended 2018 with just 10 goals conceded in 20 matches.Becky Sauerbrunn and Abby Dahlkemper look to be forming an increasingly solid partnership at center back. The injured Tierna Davidson will have a fight on her hands to take away the position from Dahkemper come 2019. Ellis does some experimentingJill Ellis USWNTEllis used the relatively low-stakes environment of the two games to try a few different looks formation-wise, alternating between setups with three and four at the back. Don’t expect the team to permanently move away from its preferred 4-3-3, but Ellis got a chance to see how her team looked in a few different formations, something that could come in handy down the line.It wasn’t just the formations, though. The U.S. also deployed Alex Morgan at a wide attacking role against Scotland to give Carli Lloyd the start at target forward, and gave Crystal Dunn – the team’s starting left back – a start in central midfield. Ellis also gave several newcomers a look over both games. Speaking of those new faces…Newcomers fail to make a caseErin Cuthbert Scotland Emily Fox USWNTEllis named seven players to this roster who didn’t make the final cut for the Concacaf Women’s Championship: Adrianna Franch, Merritt Mathias, Danielle Colaprico, Allie Long, Andi Sullivan, Jessica McDonald and Emily Fox. Of that group, Mathias and Franch didn’t see the field in either match while Long played just two minutes versus Scotland.While those three will have wanted more of a chance, the remaining four didn’t do a whole lot to increase their odds of making next summer’s World Cup squad either. Colaprico may have helped herself the most, showing a clean touch and solid distribution in two appearances off the bench.McDonald scored against Portugal, but it was a fortunate finish that came after missing two earlier gilt-edge chances. UNC sophomore Fox started both games but didn’t appear to be quite ready for the international level in her first two caps. Sullivan was solid if unspectacular while playing the first half against Portugal, and then wasn’t seen against Scotland. In an extremely deep player pool, none of the newcomers will feel particularly great about the amount they bolstered their World Cup chances.Franch still can’t get a lookAdrianna Franch USWNTU.S. starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was not named to either the NSWL Best XI or the Second XI this season. The same goes for backup Ashlyn Harris. The league’s best goalkeeper instead was U.S. third-stringer Adrianna Franch, who earned Best XI honors due to her performances with the Portland Thorns. Though she is a regular call-up for the USWNT, Franch’s stellar club form still has not translated to a single cap.If there ever was a time to give Franch a shot, it would have been these friendlies. Ellis rotated her squad all over the field, giving a look to players like Fox, Colaprico and McDonald, who all played in both games after entering camp with one cap combined.Unfortunately for Franch, her search for a first cap will continue into 2019. Naeher started against Portugal while Harris got the nod versus Scotland. Both goalkeepers had shaky moments but Ellis is still reluctant to give her third-stringer a shot. If it didn’t happen in these games, Franch may now have to wait until after the World Cup to get her chance.last_img read more

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on Facebook Jones has plotted a steadily upward graph since England arrived in Japan, reflecting the fixture list in their group, starting with the lowest‑ranked team, Tonga, and working up to the highest, France. He would have hoped for a sterner defensive test from Argentina, but once the Pumas’ second-row Tomás Lavanini saw red for a high, dangerous tackle on Owen Farrell, the air went out of them and the promised war did not get beyond a few skirmishes as the 2003 winners, eliminated at this stage four years ago, became the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals.“Don’t care, mate,” responded Jones when asked if other contenders would now be paying more attention to England. Was Farrell, the victim of a dangerous tackle against the United States which prompted a red card, being targeted? “No.” What was his take on the spate of red cards and citings since World Rugby’s criticism of lenient officiating in the opening round? “I have zero interest in talking about it. Any issues should be discussed after the tournament.”It is so different to the Jones of 16 years ago when, in charge of the hosts, Australia, he never missed an opportunity to antagonise rivals, not least England and their head coach, Clive Woodward. Part of Jones’s reasoning was that he wanted to generate headlines in a country where rugby union struggled for media exposure and he was not going to achieve that by droning on about the nuances of front-row play.Here, surrounded by a far larger, hungrier media pack, there is not a scrap of meat on the bones he throws out. A feature of England’s three previous World Cup campaigns was an undermining lack of discipline on and off the field, even though England recovered in 2007 to reach the final. This time the squad has been as tight as Jones’s mouth, no antics, no social media rankings and no leaking of a team before the official announcement.On the field, England are just as steady and unspectacular, sticking to their patterns and refusing to be distracted, although Lavanini’s dismissal did, for some minutes, ruffle their equilibrium, as if having to recalibrate following something unexpected.And then it was back to basics, earning the right to go wide by making the hard metres, a procession of hard-running forwards (with no let-up when Billy Vunipola left the fray), and Manu Tuilagi, getting over the gainline for Tom Curry and Sam Underhill to ensure quick release for the playmakers George Ford and Farrell to manoeuvre a pacy and elusive back three.The contrast with which England and, on Sunday, France played against Tonga was stark. England gave the Islanders nothing in wearing them down but, in looking to be expansive, the French produced some stunning moves but also gave their opponents sustenance by making mistakes in possession. Les Bleus oscillate between high and low, unable to sustain pressure, while Jones’s men stay on a straight line. Eddie Jones Facebook Share on LinkedIn England rugby union team Billy Vunipola injury leaves England anxious for World Cup knockout stages Share on Pinterest Pinterest Read more Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Support The Guardian Another issue is the cards now being shown for high challenges. Australia received two yellows in a blow-out on Saturday as did New Zealand the following day. Lavanini saw red but Tuilagi escaped with just a penalty after taking out Emiliano Boffelli in the air, fairly as the full-back was a few centimetres from the ground when he was hit.One mistimed challenge and the best-laid plans need redrafting; and a consequence of the crackdown has been an import from football, players demanding cards for opponents and putting pressure on referees, something about which Nigel Owens warned England, through Farrell.“We are where we need to be and we have not played at our best yet,” said Jones. When England come to the boil, so will their head coach, but it won’t be just yet. Topics Rugby union Owen Farrell puts his head where it hurts but the pain is all Argentina’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup Reuse this content Eddie Jones is playing the role of straight man this tournament, for now. Just as his players resisted any temptation to ad-lib in their opening two matches against Tonga and the United States, and again when Argentina had a player sent off with more than an hour remaining, so England’s head coach, unusually for him, has armed himself with a stiffened upper lip which repeated cajoling has been unable to loosen. features France rugby union team England have yet to be tested at the World Cup after claiming maximum points from their three games. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Twitter The return of Jack Nowell and Mako Vunipola, who both came off the bench in the second half, increases Jones’s options and Henry Slade had his second outing as a replacement. England in the past have been easy to pigeonhole, but they have tactical variety now and in the latter stages Jones will be able to use that to leave opponents guessing at the formation he will field.A question asked here, but not put directly to Jones, was whether defeat to France, with its likelihood of providing a path to the final that will very probably be different to New Zealand’s, would not amount to much of a setback, although no team has won a World Cup having lost a group match. Australia were only too happy to be drawn with England in the 2007 quarter-finals only to be mauled in Marseille. Momentum is generated by winning, not cherry-picking.“I will be looking to pick our best 23,” said Jones when asked if he would look to protect players now that England were in the last eight. “It may be different from your 23. I think we can improve the team and the challenge is how to.”The lack of defensive stress so far has allowed the Ford-Farrell axis to flourish, but France should put it under more scrutiny. England need them to because they have yet to show whether a weakness that was evident in the Six Nations, a failure to react when their hold on a match was loosened, remains. It is a side-effect of a very well coached side. Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter It’s just across the street from the Mid-City substation where he worked. Posted: August 7, 2018 Henwood Park Opens Today, Seven Years After The Loss of Officer Henwood KUSI Newsroom, center_img August 7, 2018 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) – It was seven years ago today when the entire city felt the loss of a much respected San Diego police officer.Jeremy Henwood had just bought a cookie for a young kid at a local Mcdonald’s.Moments later, a man shot and killed the officer.Related Story: https://www.kusi.com/fallen-sdpd-officer-jeremy-henwood-remembered-six-years-later/Henwood was a Marine Corps veteran, and was known in the City Heights community as someone who wanted to make a difference.Residents were instrumental in naming a City Heights park after Henwood. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Daryn Marsh is one of the three candidates competing for the one 1-year Selectman seat in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below is Marsh’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentWatch Mr. Marsh’s closing argument HERE.On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?Watch Mr. Marsh’s answer HERE.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/Endorsementsn/aWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at WCTV.org Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Candidate Daryn Marsh Discusses His Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileMarsh running for Board of SelectmenCampaign Announcement/Othern/aCandidate’s Website & Social MediaFacebookLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Selectman Candidate Daryn Marsh Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonaldIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Marsh & O’Mahony Discuss Their Involvement In Wilmington’s Community & PoliticsIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgThe BSE Sensex fell for second consecutive days following the presentation of India’s annual budget for the fiscal year.Corporate sector feels the general budget is too modest, as they expected the government to give more concessions.The main 30-share BSE index fell 1.2 percent to close at 17,466.20. The 50-share Nifty index also lost 1.2 percent to end at 5,317.90.Oil stocks led the fall. CNX Energy sub-index dropped 3.3 percent, ONGC dropped 4.7 percent, Oil India dropped 4.5 percent and Reliance Industries fell 3 percent. The Indian energy conglomerate was also affected.However, ITC Ltd gained 7.9 percent, touching a record high of 225 rupees, caused by the move of the government to raise excise duty on cigarettes. Its shares ended up 3.5 percent.last_img read more

first_imgArchana Puran Singh, Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterWhat looks like an attempt to bring Navjot Singh Sidhu back on the comedy show, Kapil Sharma read out a letter to the show’s current co-host Archana Puran Singh on Sidhu’s behalf asking her to leave the show as early as possible.On Saturday’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, when Badhaai Ho actors Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta graced the show, Kapil Sharma picked a point to discuss about how lucky Archana is to still receive love letters from her Param Meet (name sarcastically derived from her husband Parmeet Sethi), in the age of social media. He insisted that he will read out the letter for her.By this time, Archana was convinced that Kapil was indeed talking about Parmeet’s love letter to her. As she lend an ear to Kapil, the ace comedian began reading the letter which said, “Dear Archana, I love you a lot and I pray for your well-being. I hope you become so healthy that you won’t fit in a chair. For you, I can leave my home, my work and my city if you could please vacant my seat. Yours lovingly, Navjot Singh Sidhu (loosely translated from Hindi).” And soon everyone broke into laughter.And the very next moment, Archana got up from her seat and told Kapil, “Ok! fine. Obliging to Sidhu’s request, I have now vacated my seat” while taking a few steps towards the audience. But soon she added, “Only for a second” and again got back into her seat saying that she won’t leave anytime soon.Earlier, after maintaing a stoic silence for weeks, Kapil had opened up about Sidhu’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show as the co-host and said that after the elections, Sidhu’s return is inevitable.last_img read more

first_imgL&T Infotech dampened the hopes of investors who had participated overwhelmingly to its recent initial public offering IPO). The shares of Larsen & Toubro listed at a discount to the issue price of Rs. 710, as against recent issues of Quess Corp and Mahangar Gas that listed at a huge premium.L&T Infotech shares listed at Rs. 666.60, a discount of 6.11 percent to the issue price, after fixing the price band as Rs. 705-710 per share. The company had come up with an IPO of 1.75 crore shares aggregating about Rs. 2,500 crore. L&T Infotech earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15, according to its offer document.Larsen & Toubro shares were trading at Rs. 1,563 apiece, down 0.53 percent.Details of the L&T Infotech public issue:The face value of the shares being offered is Re 1 each.The company does not own the “L&T” trademark or logo. “We do not own the “L&T” trademark and logo. Our Trademark License Agreement may be terminated 38 under certain circumstances,” said the draft prospectus of the company.The company is in an industry whose size is about $145 billion in revenues (2014-15), according to industry body Nasscom.In 2014, the body ranked L&T Infotech as the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues.The company earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15.The company had about 19,500 employees as of March 31, 2015.The book running lead managers to the offer are Citigroup Global Markets India, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Barclays Bank PLC and ICICI Securities. The registrar to the issue is Sharepro Services (India).last_img read more

first_imgA building on fire is seen in Dorud, Iran, in this still image taken from video on 31 December 2017. ReutersNine people were killed as fresh unrest hit Iran overnight, state television said Tuesday, with protesters trying to storm a police station despite attempts to crack down on the biggest demonstrations in years.The attack on the police station in the town of Qahderijan, in the central province of Isfahan, led to violence that claimed the lives of six protesters, the state broadcaster reported.A young member of the Revolutionary Guards and a passer-by were also reported dead in towns near the cultural hub of Isfahan city, while TV had earlier confirmed the death of a policeman in nearby Najafabad, shot dead with a hunting rifle.That brings the estimated death toll to 21 in five days of unrest that represent the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since mass demonstrations in 2009.Protests remain focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests reported in Tehran on Monday evening where a heavy police presence was reported.The latest violence came despite President Hassan Rouhani’s vow that the nation would deal with “rioters and lawbreakers”.Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, described the unrest-the biggest challenge to the regime since mass protests in 2009 — as a “proxy war against the Iranian people”.“Hashtags and messages about the situation in Iran come from the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia,” he told local media.‘Seditionist elements’Iran’s intelligence ministry released a statement saying “instigators” have been identified “and will be dealt with seriously soon”.The Revolutionary Guards have yet to fully intervene against the protesters, but published photos on Monday of three wanted people and called on the public to report any “seditionist elements”.Rouhani has tried to play down the unrest, which began over economic grievances in second city Mashhad last Thursday but quickly turned against the Islamic regime as a whole with chants of “Death to the dictator”.“This is nothing,” Rouhani said in a statement on the presidency website.“Our nation will deal with this minority who chant slogans against the law and people’s wishes, and insult the sanctities and values of the revolution.”Pro-regime rallies were held across several towns and cities-reflecting continued support among a large conservative section of society.Reporting restrictions remained tight, but videos on social media continued to show widespread anti-government protests in many areas.‘People have had enough’Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and a 12 percent unemployment rate have left many feeling that progress is too slow.The young are most affected, with as many as 40 percent out of work according to analysts, and rural areas particularly hard-hit.“People have had enough, especially the young people. They have nothing to be happy about,” said Sarita Mohammadi, a 35-year-old teacher in Tehran.“The situation is far worse in provinces. Agriculture has been destroyed. I know many who have left the north of the country to come to Tehran to work,” she added.Rouhani acknowledged there was “no problem bigger than unemployment” in a speech on Sunday, and also vowed a more balanced media and more transparency.US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticised Tehran over four days of demonstrations, said it was “time for a change” and that Iran’s people were “hungry” for freedom.The European Union on Monday pushed Iran to guarantee the right to protest and separately British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said “the UK is watching events in Iran closely”.“We believe that there should be meaningful debate about the legitimate and important issues the protesters are raising and we look to the Iranian authorities to permit this,” Johnson said in a statement.In 2009, authorities ruthlessly put down protests against the re-election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At least 36 people were killed in 2009, according to an official toll, while the opposition says 72 died.last_img read more

first_imgThis article was originally published on The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Disclosure: The Texas secretary of state’s office has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas TribuneTexas Secretary of State David Whitley office initiated a review of the voter rolls to look for noncitizens.The U.S. House’s main investigative committee has opened an inquiry into the Texas secretary of state’s review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens.In letters sent to top Texas officials on Thursday, U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, requested documents and communications from the secretary of state and the state’s attorney general related to the review through which state officials tagged almost 100,000 registered voters as suspect voters.Texas officials rolled out the review effort in late January, shipping off lists of flagged voters to county voter registrars in what they described as routine maintenance of the state’s massive voter registration database. But state officials’ efforts have been dogged by errors in the data and litigation in federal court, which ground the entire review to a halt over concerns by a federal judge that it targeted naturalized citizens.“We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the rolls in Texas and that you have referred many of these Americans for possible criminal prosecution for exercising their right to vote,” the congressmen wrote to Secretary of State David Whitley.In launching the review, Whitley announced that state officials had identified tens of thousands of registered voters who at some point in recent years told the Texas Department of Public Safety that they were not citizens when they obtained a driver’s license or ID card. Whitley’s office had immediately turned those names over to Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office has the power to prosecute individuals for voter fraud.But the state data at the heart of the review was fundamentally flawed because it did not account for individuals who had become naturalized citizens since getting an ID. Additionally, almost a quarter of the individuals on the state’s list were erroneously flagged because of a miscommunication between the secretary of state’s office and DPS. Those individuals had already proved their citizenship and some had even registered to vote at state offices.The state continued to bungle the review when it mistakenly sent out additional names of voters to counties weeks later because of a technical error it blamed on a vendor.In defending the review effort, state officials have acknowledged they knew naturalized citizens would be swept up in the review but decided to press forward anyway — a move that’s drawn intense scrutiny and criticism by civil and voting rights advocates, naturalized citizens and Democratic lawmakers.Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined that chorus of opposition earlier this month when she aligned Texas Republicans’ actions on the voter rolls with what she characterized as broader efforts to undermine the U.S Constitution.In their letters, Cummings and Raskin — who chairs a subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties — cited their authority to investigate “any matter” at “any time” under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. Noting they’ve examined state voting issues in the past, they requested all sorts of communications between state agencies involved in the review, as well as any communications with Trump administration officials.The secretary of state’s office and the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But state officials have continued to back the voter review effort, saying it’s required by federal and state laws that call on the state to maintain accurate voter rolls.As part of the review, naturalized citizens on the state’s list began receiving letters ordering them to prove they are citizens within 30 days to avoid being kicked off the rolls. Those deadlines have since been paused by a federal judge in San Antonio who has criticized the secretary of state’s office for the “mess” it created.Despite that court order, at least 14 registered voters were removed from the state’s voter rolls. They have since been reinstated.Two Texas Republicans — Michael Cloud of Victoria and Chip Roy of Austin — sit on the committee.Read the House committee’s letter to Texas officials:View Fullscreen Sharelast_img read more

first_imgSeventy militants in Egypt were killed in army raids during the last week, the military said on Sunday.Apart from the 70 killed, 118 wanted and suspected militants were arrested from March 1-7, while 27 militant bases were destroyed, army spokesperson Brigadier General Mohamed Samir said.He added that 108 vehicles and motorcycles used by militants in their attacks against police and army personnel were also destroyed.Egypt’s Sinai region has witnessed many violent attacks by militants since the January 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. The attacks targeting police and military increased after the ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.Over 500 personnel have been reported killed since. Military has launched security campaigns in the area, arrested suspects and demolished houses belonging to terrorists.last_img read more