first_imgPolice have arrested two persons on the charge of beating a one-and-a-half-year-old child to death in a fight that followed an objection by the infant’s father to a child from the accused family urinating in the open at Bagaspur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on October 1. The accused have been identified as Ram Singh and his son Umesh.“As a six-year-old boy was urinating on the road, the child’s father objected to it. And in turn, the boy’s father and grandfather attacked attacked him with lathis. The 18-month-old boy he was holding suffered blows and died on the spot,” Amit Sanghi, Sagar Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“There is a running feud between the two tribal families,” he said.A case was registered under Section 302 [punishment for murder] of the Indian Penal Code. The injured father is being treated at a local hospital.The case had no similarities to the Shivpuri case where two children were beaten to death for allegedly defecating in public, Mr. Sanghi stated, adding, “There is confusion. There is no case of open defecation here.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.last_img read more

first_imgJuventus chief Fabio Paratici named Sporting Director of the Yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici has collected an award at the Globe Soccer Awards.Paratici was named Best Sporting Director of the Year in Dubai.“I am very happy and it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the club and my staff,” said Paratici on the stage.“Juventus are a great club with an incredible history and I am happy and proud to work for this club.“I think Juventus are experiencing one of the best moments of its history. We’ve won so many titles in recent years, built a competitive squad and added Cristiano Ronaldo, so we must continue along this path.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgplain NCAA Logo.NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to InsideCarolina.com, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story: http://t.co/tlCYi18qKg pic.twitter.com/e5YOogQb30— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.last_img read more

first_imgThe logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” Michigan@HailEquipment Michigan@HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Belowlast_img read more

JaVale McGee has gone a long way toward shedding the persona he got from “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” the TV blooper segment on which he held residency for years. Coming off consecutive NBA titles with Golden State, the 7-footer is currently logging career highs in points and blocks per game with the Lakers while serving as a full-time starter for the first time since 2011-12. Not bad considering the collective confusion when he agreed to a deal to join LeBron James in Los Angeles.But for all the improvement he’s shown as a mainstay in this lineup, the 30-year-old still has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to his defense: McGee remains the league’s supreme goaltender.As of Wednesday, McGee had been called for goaltending an NBA-high 13 times, nearly twice as many as Orlando rookie Mo Bamba, who ranks second in the league with seven violations. The Knicks, who also have 13 goaltending violations, are the only team that’s been called as many times as McGee himself, according to PBP Stats, which tracks a wide array of advanced NBA statistics. But this is nothing new for McGee: Since his rookie year, he has somehow managed to lead the NBA in goaltending violations per 100 possessions in each of the eight seasons in which he logged at least 400 minutes of playing time.With 214 goaltends in his career,1This includes 11 in the postseason. including one season when he logged a league-high 55, there have obviously been some true head-scratchers. One violation in 2012 was particularly egregious: The ball was in clear, undeniable descent before McGee launched it, volleyball-style, into the stands 25 or so feet in the air.Puzzling as they might be from time to time for his coaches, the goaltending calls probably aren’t that big of a deal. Getting called for something that costs his club 2 points — 2 points they might have surrendered anyway — is arguably small potatoes compared with the upside of blocking a shot. And that’s likely even more true of McGee, who this year has blocked 5.3 shots for every goaltending violation.But McGee’s willingness to lunge at nearly every shot attempt the way a cat flails at a laser pointer can cost his team in other ways. His block attempts often hurt the Laker defense more than if he had simply stayed on the ground. Take a late October game against the Spurs, when McGee committed three shooting fouls — resulting in seven San Antonio free throw attempts in a 1-point defeat — that stemmed from him ramming into jump-shooters. Twice, LaMarcus Aldridge pump-faked McGee into the air, knowing his constant tendency to go for blocks. (DeMar DeRozan did the same thing to McGee when the Lakers visited San Antonio.) Over the past two seasons, McGee has posted the second-highest foul rate when it comes to big men bumping into jump-shooters, according to data from Second Spectrum.2Among those with at least 10 such fouls. Only Portland’s Zach Collins has a higher foul rate in such scenarios.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JaVale1.mp400:0000:0000:55Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While McGee may not have the greatest on-court instincts, the reason he attempts to block so many shots is simple: He thinks he’s capable of cleanly blocking them all. He’s highly athletic — remember the dunk contest in which he jammed on two side-by-side rims at the same time? — and at one point McGee owned the largest wingspan in the entire league, at more than 7-foot-6.“That’s something [the referees are] not used to seeing,” McGee said of a particularly ridiculous block, when he caught the ball with one hand — and appeared to do so cleanly — but was whistled for goaltending anyway.“I think he tries to be spectacular,” then-Nuggets coach George Karl said in 2013 when asked about McGee’s game. “Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular come. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if … you just let us orchestrate the game, something big-time will happen.”Another prolific rim protector, Tyson Chandler, sized up McGee’s game nearly eight years ago in a post from a Wizards blog. Chandler presciently said the then-Wizards center needed “to understand how he can be effective,” and that he would learn that by playing with more established veterans. McGee gained that experience with Golden State — and now Chandler is backing up McGee with the Lakers.McGee has been a force this season. He’s been a top-10 rim protector3Among players who’ve logged at least 15 games and who have defended five shots or more from inside of 6 feet per game. so far, holding opponents more than 10 points beneath their averages from inside of 6 feet, according to NBA Advanced Stats. In large part because of their play at center, the Lakers rank fifth in the league in opponent field-goal percentage inside 3 feet and ninth in overall defensive efficiency. And while there were once questions about McGee’s basic fundamentals, those concerns have largely evaporated. Just look at last year’s NBA Finals, when McGee played incredibly solid defense after being switched onto LeBron.What will be worth watching on Thursday, when the Lakers play foul-drawing maestro James Harden and the Rockets, and this postseason4If Los Angeles makes it. is whether McGee can avoid being baited by fakes. If savvy teams like the Spurs already know to test his ability to stay on the ground, it’s almost a given that other teams will try it in a series.In a way, the key to the Lakers rising to become true contenders could very well be based on McGee’s ability to stay grounded on defense.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

After another 100-yard rushing performance, sophomore running back Carlos Hyde has proven that he should be the undisputed No. 2 running back for the Ohio State offense. I’m not someone who enjoys controversy or likes to stir it up, but in my mind, there should be no controversy. The numbers speak for themselves. With just eight more carries than junior running back Jordan Hall, Hyde has compiled 183 more yards with a team-high of 513. Hyde also has four more touchdowns than junior running back Jordan Hall. How can the coaches argue with that production? One common argument for Hall is his “big play ability.” Hall’s biggest play against Wisconsin, the last game in which he played, was a fumbled punt return that gave Wisconsin momentum and a chance to get back in the game. Maybe that is a little cynical, as he did score a touchdown in the third quarter and his final kickoff return gave the Buckeyes great field position to retake the lead for the eventual victory. However, Hall’s touchdown was from two yards out. With three inches of height and 43 more pounds packed on his frame than Hall, I would be willing to bet that Hyde could have punched it in just as easily. Also worth noting is that Hall’s longest rush of the year is 20 yards, compared to Hyde’s long of 63 yards. Is Hall really a bigger play threat than Hyde? Hyde voiced his displeasure with his spotty playing time after the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Oct. 15 on Twitter saying, “Guess I’m not good enough. Take myself elsewhere.” He later (wisely) deleted the tweet and said he wasn’t going anywhere. The damage had been done, though, and his displeasure is evident. But can you blame him? Hyde is only a sophomore and would be in the Buckeye backfield for another two years. Hall, a junior, only has one more year at OSU. If Hyde were to become disgruntled and transfer elsewhere, the Buckeyes would be missing out on at least one, if not two years, of solid backfield play from the runner. Senior running back Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron voiced similar confidence in Hyde following the victory against Indiana. “(Hyde’s) got a great future ahead of him. It was really nice to see him do a great job,” Herron said. “It was great to see him take advantage of the opportunities given to him today.” Keywords: “great future” and “opportunities given to him today.” Coach Luke Fickell and the coaching staff would be wise to keep Hyde as involved in the game plan as possible this week and throughout the season to prepare for the future, as well as get the greater production. With Hall coming off of an ankle injury, Fickell said at his Tuesday press conference that “hopefully (Hall) will be able to go” but “he’ll be a little bit hesitant.” He also said that Hall will retake his position as punt and kickoff returner while the coaches find a way to move the ball around and give all the running backs opportunities to touch the football. I guarantee that given an opportunity to touch the football, Hyde will not be hesitant to take it to the Purdue defense. Put him in, coach. read more

Just a couple months after his brother, Malik, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, three-star 2018 cornerback class Marcus Hooker committed to Ohio State Thursday afternoon.My Journey Begins!!!#Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/DbTCKmnrJR— Marcus Hooker (@marcushooker23) July 27, 2017Hooker, a New Castle, Pennsylvania, native, is the No. 587 overall player and the 52nd best cornerback in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings.Of the Buckeyes’ 16 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class, two players – Hooker and running back Master Teague – are three-star recruits.Hooker joins four-star prospect Sevyn Banks as the only two cornerbacks in their class committed to Ohio State. read more

first_imgIcy conditions will persist until early to mid-afternoon today, the National Weather Service now says.In an updated winter weather advisory issued at 9:01 a.m., the weather service said conditions will persist longest near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, including Washougal and Camas.The slickest conditions this morning appear to be in Multnomah County, both near the gorge and in the west hills. Even downtown Portland is slick, however.Temperatures are slightly warmer on this side of the river, with favorable road conditions in much of Clark County, including downtown Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek.It was 34 degrees at Pearson Field in Vancouver at noon, where about half an inch of ran has fallen since last night.Only a handful of local schools announced closures or delays, particularly those with facilities near the Columbia River Gorge.Conditions varied widely. Roads were icy in Camas and Washougal, where an accident on Highway 14 about 3 a.m. resulted in one injury. On the west side of town, roads tended to be just wet.last_img read more

first_imgTottenham captain Hugo Lloris has committed his future to the club by insisting that he still has many “beautiful years” ahead of him at North LondonThe goalkeeper captained France to their second World Cup title last Sunday, despite having made a costly error in the build-up to Croatia’s second goal of the game that Mario Mandzukic scored.But the 31-year-old has been consistently one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers throughout his seven-year stay following his arrival from Lyon in 2012 and his comments will likely be well received by the Spurs fans.Lloris was in his hometown of Nice as part of France’s World Cup celebrations when he spoke at the city’s town hall over the appointment of Patrick Vieira as the Nice manager.“I’m extremely happy to see Patrick in charge of OGC Nice. I appreciate him as a person so much,” said Lloris, according to Sport Witness.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“I had this chance to be around him when I first started with the national team. He’s a huge player, and huge personality.“I think it’s a great opportunity for Nice and for him to prove himself.”Lloris refused to confirm whether he would make a return to the club where he started his playing career.“As for my reconversion, we’ll wait a bit more,” he said.“I still have beautiful years with Tottenham and les Bleus ahead of me.”last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez says that having non-Lionel Messi like players means that he’s had to rotate a lot recently to give the team a physical edgeFollowing a run of just one win in their last six Premier League games, Newcastle find themselves down in 15th-place in the standings in their second season back in the English top-flight.This has led to even more pressure going Benitez’s way with critics hitting out against his management after Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Boxing Day.Matters failed to improve for the Spaniard on Saturday when Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw at home to second division side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round.For the game, Benitez made eight changes to the line-up that had lost 2-0 to Manchester United three days beforehand.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).But the 58-year-old defended his approach by explaining how fatigue means none of his players would be able to perform at their best during this congested run of fixtures.“If you had Lionel Messi – OK, he would have to be there no matter what because he can make the difference,” Benitez told the Chronicle.“But, if you don’t have players like Messi or players of a similar level, you need players who can give you something physically in a third game in a row in a short period of time.”The Magpies will next travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Benitez’s old club Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Coral Harbour Base, 30 OCT. ‘17 (RBDF): For Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner, Telley as he is called by those who know him well, the Scotia Bank 2018 Calendar competition presented him a unique opportunity to receive unbiased feedback on his new found love, photography.And that he did.   His photo Sunrise out at East End Point, captured the hearts of the judges and will be leading the ScotiaBank 2018 Calendar off, being featured in January.   He was presented his official award at Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend.He has been involved in photography a relatively short time.   Back in 2015, Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner bought a drone because it was a cool and trendy big-boy-toy. He took pride in flying it and began taking photos simply because it was an option in the drone he purchased.What he didn’t expect was that his interest would grow exponentially in capturing imagery.   He began studying online tutorials from global artists about photography and editing and began posting some of his favorites on his Instagram handle Telley G Aerial Photos. Gardiner also purchased a good DSLR camera and began shooting photos all around New Providence.He felt he found his calling and his goal became to “bring the beauty of The Bahamas to the world.’   He wasn’t sure how to digest the praises from his followers, as they gushed and awed at his photos, high-fiving him for his creative eye. Until Now.   He plans to continue shooting and creating masterpieces, bringing vivid images of our way of life to the world.Petty Officer Gardiner joined the Force in April 2001 as a member of Entry 36 along with Woman Entry 8.   He has served his entire career as an engineer, currently billeted as the Chief Engineer onboard HMBS Leon L. Smith.Photo shows: Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner with his wife Lieutenant Gardiner at the Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend. Also shown are photography work done by himself. (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Press Release: RBDF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img UN chief urges India & Pakistan to exercise ‘maximum restraint’ on Kashmir, recalls Simla agreement The tweets have no local content, which normally should have been available to a Kashmiri present on the ground.IANSDespite the communications lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir since August 4 night, the Twitter handle of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has apparently been active, putting out anti-India tweets regularly.Tweets from the handle @sageelani_ were largely in praise of Pakistan and Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The earlier Twitter handle @sageelani was suspended in June for its vitriolic anti-India and separatist content.The current handle has been active on a daily basis, and there is every likelihood of it being handled from across the border. The handle reflects Pakistan’s current thinking regarding the events in Kashmir after the revocation of its special status.The tweets have no local content, which normally should have been available to a Kashmiri present on the ground.Take for instance an August 4 tweet. It says “#IndiaUsingClusterBombs Pakistan we need your help!! #KashmirUnderThreat”. Pakistan alleged that India had used cluster bombs on its civilians living along the border that day. The tweet is a give-away that the handle is being managed by the ISPR, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces.The handle specifically eulogises and thanks Asif Ghafoor, who is the head of the media wing. The ISPR is known to run fake pro-Kashmiri and anti-India handles to keep the separatist fire burning among the people of the valley.Separatist hawk Geelani is known not to run his Twitter handles. His earlier account, now suspended, was run by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).Geelani was put under house arrest, as numerous other separatist leaders, ahead of revocation of Article 370 that gave special status to Kashmir, and division of the state into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh. Closelast_img read more

first_imgUS first lady Melania Trump arrives at the McAllen airport as she prepares to depart after a visit to the US-Mexico border area in McAllen Texas, US on 21 June. Photo: AFPMelania Trump made a surprise trip to the US-Mexican border on Thursday as her husband’s administration seeks to quell a firestorm over migrant family separations, while Republican lawmakers were forced to delay a high-stakes vote on the crisis.While President Donald Trump’s administration struggled to formulate next steps, the Pentagon signalled officials were bracing for a lengthy ordeal. The military said it will prepare to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on its bases.The first lady’s unannounced visit came a day after the president-in a stunning about-face-moved to end the practice of splitting migrant families, which had prompted outrage at home and abroad.There was, however, no immediate plan in place to reunite the more than 2,300 children already separated from their families-igniting a fresh controversy over the conditions in which the children are living.In McAllen, Texas, Melania Trump visited the Upbring New Hope Children’s Shelter, a federally-funded facility that houses about 55 children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, ages five to 17.“I’m glad I’m here and I’m looking forward to seeing the children,” Melania said at a roundtable discussion with social workers and government officials.“I would also like to ask you how I can help these children to reunite with their families as quickly as possible.”Images and recordings of wailing youngsters detained in processing centers with chain-link cage-like enclosures has ignited global outrage.The first lady herself had called for a political compromise to end the separations-the result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy launched in early May, under which illegal border crossers were systematically prosecuted and their children separated from them as a result.Melania spent an hour-plus at the shelter, talking directly to children who spoke to her either in English or in Spanish, through a translator.One girl said she had been at the shelter for two months. Another told Trump they were learning how to celebrate the Fourth of July.“Usually when they get here, they’re very distraught,” one official said.Melania Trump was unable to escape controversy on the trip. She boarded and exited her plane wearing a jacket which read “I really don’t care. Do U?”-a cryptic message that sent the internet ablaze.Legislative dramaThe political compromise the first lady had sought has not materialized so far.In Washington, lawmakers failed to advance either of two Republican immigration bills in the House of Representatives.A hardline proposal was defeated, as expected.But a vote on a “compromise” bill between the party’s conservative and moderate wings, which ends family separations but also includes Trump priorities like curtailing legal immigration and providing some protections to young immigrants, was pushed back to Friday, and then to next week, in a sign there was no immigration consensus within the party that controls Congress.The failure dealt an embarrassing blow to Republicans under intense pressure to take legislative steps to address the issue.The crisis was fueling a brutal partisan scrap, with Trump blaming “extremist” Democrats for refusing to help tighten border security.“Democrats want open Borders, where anyone can come into our Country, and stay,” he tweeted.The House’s top Democrat Nancy Pelosi blasted back, accusing Republicans of making a “compromise with the Devil” instead of with Democrats, and saying they were complicit in Trump’s “atrocities.”Indefinite detention?For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by law to split children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem-before he radically shifted gears.Trump’s executive order would keep families together but in custody indefinitely while parents are prosecuted for entering the country illegally-a move that could lead to new legal battles for the administration.The Justice Department moved Thursday to modify the 1997 court ruling known as the Flores Settlement, which places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.Lawmakers from both parties, as well as faith groups, families and children have recoiled at how the administration has handled the crisis.Several clergy, parents and children wearing fake Mylar blankets like those given to minors detained at the border protested in a Senate office building, while lawmakers denounced Trump’s policies on the floors of the House and Senate.A bipartisan group of American mayors including New York’s Bill de Blasio rallied outside a migrant children’s shelter near El Paso, Texas to denounce a lack of transparency, and demand family reunification.“The families are not reunified, we don’t know when they’ll be, we’re going to fight for that,” said de Blasio, who a day earlier declared himself “shocked to learn” that a single centre in Harlem had received 239 separated children without the knowledge of city authorities.Trump insisted there was a need to sustain his “zero tolerance” policy “or our country will be overrun by people, by crime,” he said.After a downturn last year, the flow of migrants from Central America and Mexico has surged since October.From March to May this year, more than 50,000 people a month were apprehended illegally crossing the border.Nearly all of the arriving families have officially requested asylum, citing the high levels of violence in their home countries.last_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump delivers remarks to US troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq on 26 December 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighbouring Iraq the day after Christmas.Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from US commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, US officials said.”They were upbeat about their ability to wrap things up,” one of the officials told Reuters. “I definitely think that was a seminal meeting” in terms of influencing Trump’s thinking.Lieutenant general Paul LaCamera, the commander of the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, explained to a president who had lost patience with the war why too rapid a withdrawal could not be done without putting troops at risk, according to three officials familiar with the briefing, the contents of which have not been reported in such detail.In the chaotic aftermath of Trump’s 19 December announcement, which was one of the reasons that defence secretary Jim Mattis resigned, the 45-minute briefing appears to have helped crystallize an understanding between Trump and his top brass on the ground. Trump, in remarks to reporters, admitted that he felt better about the situation after talking to commanders in the theater instead of officials in Washington.The briefing also helped win the US military and diplomats some breathing room to plan a more deliberate exit from Syria.It was a novel experience for the president, who was making his first visit to a war zone in his nearly two years in office, fresh from a political pummeling over his decision on Syria from fellow Republicans in Congress and US allies.Nearly three weeks after the briefing, no troops have withdrawn from Syria and only some equipment has moved out.In 2015, then-president Barack Obama first ordered US special operations forces into Syria after long hesitating to deploy “boots on the ground” in the midst of the Syrian civil war. What started off as a mission involving dozens of commandos eventually turned into hundreds and then just kept growing. There are about 2,000 US forces in Syria today.Although Trump initially announced plans for a speedy pullout, he has since said it does not need to go quickly.”We are pulling back in Syria, we are going to be removing our troops, I never said we are doing it that quickly,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Jan. 6.In fact, Trump said on 19 December that American troops were coming home “now” and they had already defeated Islamic State in Syria. No experts believe Islamic State has been defeated, despite the group having lost almost all of the territory it held in 2014 and 2015 after seizing parts of Syria and Iraq and declaring a “caliphate.”The Pentagon said on Friday that the withdrawal “is not subject to an arbitrary timeline,” and would take into account conditions on the ground and talks with allies.Trump’s concession of additional time has set off an apparent scramble by the US military and Trump administration officials to accomplish as much as possible in the twilight of the Syria campaign.US officials tell Reuters that planning for a complete withdrawal from Syria is still underway, despite confusing and sometimes contradictory statements from the White House and tension with Turkey, which was meant to take over the campaign against Islamic State.Several officials said they expected a withdrawal before the end of March, but would not commit to a date, given fast-evolving policy discussions and hard-to-predict battlefield developments.Final BlowsPrivately, some US officials worry the final push will not be enough to preserve hard-won gains against Islamic State or ensure protection for US-backed Kurdish YPG allies who helped in the fight. NATO ally Turkey views Kurdish militia as terrorists, an extension of a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.Trump himself acknowledged his concerns for the Kurds on Monday, warning Turkey of “economic devastation” if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believed Trump was referring to sanctions.According to US estimates, Islamic State oversaw about 100,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles) of territory, with about 8 million people under its control. The group had estimated revenues of nearly one billion dollars a year and used its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria as a base to plot attacks in Europe.Backed up by US-led coalition airstrikes, artillery and advisers and equipment, US-supported ground forces in Iraq and Syria clawed back towns and cities from the jihadists. Iraq declared victory against the group in 2017.US military officials are reluctant to predict how quickly Islamic State militants can be vanquished from their final towns in Syria, recalling how the insurgents fought until the death in Mosul, Iraq. The group still influences about 300 square kilometers in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, according to the US-led coalition.The persistence of the group was one of the reasons that Trump’s decision stunned the Pentagon.But after the initial shock, military and civilians leaders including Mattis met at the Pentagon the week before Christmas to discuss the quickest, safest and most responsible way they could carry out the troop pullout and protect Kurdish allies.It became clear that a rapid 30-day withdrawal, as initially suggested by the White House, would not meet the criteria of a “safe and responsible” withdrawal. Before Trump’s surprise decision, Pentagon planning had suggested four months would be needed.One source played down Trump’s concerns about whether the drawdown would be done in weeks or months.”All he wants to know is that it is happening,” the source said.Significantly, Mattis’ order issued before Christmas did not include a specific timeline, although US officials said military commanders told the White House that a safe and responsible drawdown could not be done in less than 120 days. The order has not been changed since Mattis left office on Dec. 31, when his deputy Patrick Shanahan took over, officials said.In the meantime, the US-backed forces in Syria, including Kurds, are keeping up the fight – confounding analysts’ predictions that they would rapidly head north to prepare for an offensive by Turkey.In fact, since Trump’s withdrawal announcement, those forces have been fighting Islamic State with support from US-led coalition air strikes and artillery.US allies, who were caught entirely off-guard by Trump’s announcement, are still seeking clarification about the timing of America’s exit.The troop pullout from Syria dominated discussions by Pompeo during his meetings in Amman, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Iraq over the past week, in which he told US allies that a withdrawal was a tactical change only.Allies also want information about any post-withdrawal role by the US military to ensure Islamic State militants do not rise from the ashes of their caliphate, US officials and diplomats said.But they appear relieved at the apparent slowdown of the pullout.”It seems that there has been a change that I think is positive,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France said last week.last_img read more

first_imgBy Kyra E. Azore, Originally published by The Grio (www.thegrio.com)For more than 150 years, Howard University has been located on sacred land. This great institution has been the training ground for so many global change agents such as activist Kwame Ture, writer Zora Neale Hurston, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Tony award winning actress, Phylicia Rashad. Yet, despite its historical significance, our beloved HU is being treated like a common public park.In the last few weeks, as spring has sprung and the first buds are making themselves known, the campus has received an influx of visitors. Some of them travel in large groups and stop students on their way to class to ask for help with trivia questions from the Admission Center’s scavenger hunt.Kyra E. Azore (LinkedIn Photo)Clearly, these are prospective students and their parents who likely already understand what Howard means to the Black community. Others trek across “the Yard,” the open clearing carved by pathways that connect the main buildings on campus, with their picnic baskets, small children, yoga mats, pure-bred dogs and a palpable sense of entitlement.We are talking about a place that is deeply connected to every major event in the Howard community since its founding—from traveling students sleeping on the floor of Founders Library the night before the Million Man March to Muhammad Ali sitting on the steps of Douglass Hall surrounded by students giving a speech about denying the draft. The hallowed paths of Howard have seen more celebrities and thought leaders than any red carpet in the world.Howard University is my home and has been ever since I first visited the campus in 2013, I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore in high school visiting colleges during my spring break. Unlike all the other places I visited, this felt most like home. When I finally climbed the hill to the Yard, I marveled in the sight of young, Black students in suits and the latest fashions, treating the pathways like their own personal runway.The Yard is the heartbeat of the University. It’s the host to Yardfest during Howard’s infamous homecoming and the backdrop for the annual commencement activities. To see it now littered with jogging pedestrians and nonchalant dog walkers infuriates me. I am also aware that these are the same people who have driven up the surrounding property value to the point where most students who live off campus have no choice, like myself, but to find apartments in neighboring states because we cannot afford to live adjacent to where we take classes.The frustration that students experience is rooted in the fact that these are the same people who call the police to complain about our house parties and campus events, but then go ahead and picnic under the trees that are dedicated to our historic Greek letter organizations.Excuse me? There’s a free, public park across the street where you can knock yourself out with all your healthy-living activities.Black students see Howard as a safe space, where we can seek refuge from trials of the outside world of our campus. These interlopers, on the other hand, seem to be treating Howard’s campus like a community park, where those new to the area have felt free to lounge, enjoy a Spring day, and “deal” with the inconveniences that come with the patch of land that also happens to double as an institution of higher learning when they are not using it.Since its founding in 1867, Howard has been an open campus regularly engaging students and neighbors from the surrounding communities, who at the time, looked like us. This wasn’t always an easy situation as I think back to what it must have been like to be a student here when the streets of Chocolate City surrounding the University were drug and crime infested 1980s and 1990s. And yet, Howard never closed its gates and turned its back on the community. In doing so, unfortunately, it seems our latest visitors have taken the kindness of an open campus as a weakness.Let me be the first to tell them this is not the case.Please do not be confused or misled. This has been an ongoing issue at Howard over the past few years. In 2015, the hashtag #WeAreNotAPark surfaced on social media because students were outraged when this first started happening to our space. Concerned students reached out to student government to act on their behalf, but not much else was done afterwards. I believe this #WeAreNotAPark movement didn’t receive much traction because some students felt like the hashtag was divisive and would only cause conflict in the community.This most recent clash has emerged on social media as #HowardWontMove. This time is going to be different because the current student body is less in favor of respectability politics. We are talking about the same students who took over the Administration building last year bumping “Knuck If You Buck” and demanding the removal of chief university administrators in the wake of a misappropriation of financial aid funds scandal.To be clear, this issue is not solely about race because it’s also about respect. Respect the sacred ground that is Howard University. You do not get to complain about our unique HBCU experiences (Homecoming, etc.) and then use our campus for your leisure activities. That is not how this works.Don’t like the noise from our parties on Saturday night? Then you’re probably not going to like the shade from our trees on the Yard on Tuesday afternoons. The idea that the interlopers are able to pick and choose which parts of Howard they are willing to accept or allow to be acceptable is at the heart of the issue. Like the rest of the Black experience, you have to take us or leave us as is. Howard is not a restaurant that allows for substitutions or additions so you can have it your way.The amount of entitlement displayed by community members like Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, who has since been dubbed #GentrifyingGeorge by Black Twiiter and lives in the Shaw-Howard neighborhood where Howard resides. In a television interview with the local Fox affiliate, Grubbs-Robishaw famously suggested all of Howard “just move the campus” if we do not want people walking their dogs across the Yard.Rather than educate themselves about these historic grounds, they disgrace us and our home. The blatant disrespect, unmitigated gall is baffling.How dare you?It begs repeating, for more than 150 years, Howard has sat proudly on Hilltop high overlooking most of D.C., but now that we are in the way of community expansion, we’re expected to just move? That is not how this works. Just like we respect your wishes about parties and noise you should be able to honor a simple request not to treat my expensive educational home as your cheap dog park. I should be able to strut across the Yard to class with my head held high, not constantly scanning the ground to avoid poop from your privileged pooch.Just for the record, when you choose to live next to a college campus, you sign up for all that comes with it, so take it or leave it. Regardless of what you decide, Howard will remain unphased, a prideful symbol of tradition, and unmoved.Just try to move us and see what happens.#HUStrongThe opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgin all seriousness, Gaga is the greatest inspiration in my life. Her and Bradley choosing me for that tiny little scene was an indescribable honor. She makes me want to be better every single day. Her courage and talent and vision are one of a kind. I stan her to my grave.— h (@halsey) February 25, 2019 When you come to the Oscars, you must dress up. Thanks @CSiriano for creating this custom couture masterpiece. @OscarHeymanBros you have outdone yourselves with your iconic jewels. Style by @sammyratelle Grooming by Anna Bernabe. @TheAcademy #AcademyAwards2019 #oscars #oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/IpTG2OK20x— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) February 24, 2019 ACADEMY! AWARD! WINNER! LADY! GAGA!— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) February 25, 2019 Popular on Variety 3 Men And A Lady ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/o9SCXtPT4f— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) February 25, 2019On the red carpet, top five most talked-about Oscars fashion looks on Facebook were: Billy Porter wearing a Christian Siriano tuxedo dress; Jason Momoa’s pink velvet tux and matching scrunchie; Jennifer Lopez’s mirror-mosaic gown; Lady Gaga’s 128-carat Tiffany diamond necklace; and Spike Lee’s custom metallic-gold Jordan 3 sneakers.On Twitter, Gaga garnered the most activity from the red carpet, but she didn’t herself take to social media over Oscars weekend. The most-retweeted celebrity tweet from this year’s Oscars was from Porter, star of FX’s “Pose,” showing off his billowing black dress:center_img On Twitter, the most-tweeted moments were similar: “Green Book” took the No. 1 spot, followed by “Shallow” winning original song, Malek’s win, Gaga-Cooper’s performance, and Olivia Colman snagging the best actress trophy for “The Favourite.”Lady Gaga was the most tweeted-about celebrity of the night, followed by Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek, Alfonso Cuarón and Spike Lee. Gaga’s star shone brightly as ABC’s Oscars broadcast went hostless, after Kevin Hart’s controversial exit.Spike Lee, whose “BlacKkKlansman” won the Oscar for adapted screenplay, generated the most controversy of the night after he angrily tried to leave the auditorium after “Green Book” picked up the best-picture Oscar and delivering an acceptance speech that drew a Monday-morning response on Twitter from Donald Trump.Celebs tweeting huzzahs to Lady Gaga for her Oscars win and performance with Cooper included “Shallow” co-writer Mark Ronson: Lady Gaga struck the biggest chord with Oscars viewers Sunday night, capturing the lion’s share of chatter related to the 91st Academy Awards on social media.Gaga’s first Oscar win — for the song “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” which she performed with Bradley Cooper on the ABC telecast — gave her three of the evening’s five top moments on Facebook and made her the most-tweeted-about celeb, according to the companies.Per Facebook, the five most talked-about Oscar moments on Feb. 24 were: “Green Book” winning best picture, followed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s intimate performance of “Shallow.” Next was Rami Malek’s best-actor win for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” followed by Gaga’s acceptance speech for “Shallow” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” winning foreign language film. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_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

first_imgEating late at night could cause several health problems including weight gain and increase in insulin and cholesterol levels, show the initial results of an ongoing study. The findings suggest that eating the last meal of the day before 7 p.m. could help you stay in better health.”We know from our sleep loss studies that when you’re sleep deprived, it negatively affects weight and metabolism in part due to late night eating, but now these early findings, which control for sleep, give a more comprehensive picture of the benefits of eating earlier in the day,” said lead author of the ongoing study Namni Goel, Research Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Eating later can promote a negative profile of weight, energy, and hormone markers – such as higher glucose and insulin, which are implicated in diabetes, and cholesterol and triglycerides, which are linked with cardiovascular problems and other health conditions,” Goel said.The new findings, scheduled to be presented at SLEEP 2017, the 31st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in Boston, offer experimental evidence on the metabolic consequences of consistent delayed eating compared to daytime eating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study, nine healthy weight adults underwent two conditions, one of daytime eating (three meals and two snacks between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for eight weeks and another of delayed eating (three meals and two snacks eating from noon to 11 p.m.) for eight weeks. There was a two-week washout period between conditions to make sure there was no carry over effect. The sleep period was held constant, between 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. The team found that when participants ate later, compared to the daytime condition, weight increased.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Two persons from Asansol and Burdwan were allegedly duped by two e-commerce websites, which sent them a stone and a torn shoe instead of the ordered products.According to sources, on June 28 a person identified as Pijush Kanti Mondal had ordered a pair of expensive sports shoes on an e-commerce website. On Saturday, a youth who was the delivery boy of that e-commerce site, reached Mondal’s home and delivered the product. Before paying the amount, Mondal opened the parcel and found a torn shoe and an empty bottle of soft drink. Immediately, he demanded an explanation and refused to pay the price. The delivery boy informed his superior about the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, the delivery boy claimed that he had been instructed to click a picture of the packaged objects and take them back. But that did not convince Mondal. He thought that it was the work of the delivery person and thus detained him. After a while, the delivery boy was able to convince him that he and the courier partner to the e-commerce site had nothing to do with the debacle. On the other hand, a few days ago a person identified as Amlan Guha, a resident of Burdwan, was also allegedly duped by another e-commerce website. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring the month of June, Guha had ordered two expensive smartphones on the e-commerce site. On July 3, he received the order and had already paid for it. However, when he opened the parcel, he found one smartphone. In the second packet, there was a piece of stone. Immediately, he informed the matter to the e-commerce site authorities but found no positive response. Guha later lodged a complaint at Burdwan police station in this regard.last_img read more