AAPs Prof Shweta Sharma to contest from GB Nagar

first_imgGB Nagar: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced their candidate for Gautam Buddh Nagar Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 11. Prof Shweta Sharma will be contesting on the GB Nagar LS seat from AAP. AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh announced the name on Twitter. Party’s Uttar Pradesh unit in a tweet said that Sharma is working to remove corruption in education and other irregularities. With the announcement, Sharma will be pitted against sitting MP and BJP leader Mahesh Sharma, among others. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per a senior AAP leader, Sharma is a professor with an MBA degree in Human Resources, an M.Phil, UGC-NET and pursuing PhD. Almost all the parties have announced their candidates on the Lok Sabha seat. Union minister Mahesh Sharma has been nominated from Bhartiya Janta Party, Congress has named Arvind Kumar Singh as their candidate while Satveer Nagar is the joint nominee of the SP and the BSP. All these three candidates filed their nominations on March 22. Sources said that Prof. Sharma may file nominations on Monday. As per reports, the AAP had fielded Kishan Pal Singh as its candidate from this seat in 2014. Singh stood fourth after Mahesh Sharma (5, 99, 702) who won while SP’s Narendra Bhati got 3,19,490 votes and BSP’s Satish Kumar 1,98,237 among 25 candidates including Independents.last_img read more

Ranveer trolls himself with toilet cleaner meme

first_imgMumbai: Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his clothing to a toilet cleaner. Known as Bollywood’s livewire star, Ranveer on Thursday took to his Instagram stories to post a meme making fun of his dressing sense. It shows various versions of toilet cleaner bottles Harpic. His red and blue tracksuit perfectly matched the red and blue bottle of the cleaner. Alongside the meme, Ranveer wrote: “These Harpic bottles look lit as f***.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He added a GIF in which Ranveer is seen pointing out a finger and laughing away. This is not the first time Ranveer has trolled himself. A couple of months ago, he had shared another meme on his dressing sense. It showed how his fashion choices change from quirky to classy when he steps out with his actress-wife Deepika Padukone. On the work front, Ranveer is currently prepping to portray the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev in his upcoming film “’83”. Presented by Reliance Entertainment and directed by Kabir Khan, the film about India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory will release on April 10, 2020.last_img read more

NCAA suspends Posey 5 more games AD Smith calls penalty harsh

Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey has been suspended five games by the NCAA beginning with Saturday’s game at Nebraska, the NCAA announced Friday. Posey must also pay back $720 he received for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. The NCAA’s ruling comes after OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced Monday that Posey, along with Dan Herron and Marcus Hall, would be suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, also for being paid for work they didn’t do. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said in a statement released Friday. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete.” Larry James, Posey’s lawyer, said the NCAA ignored documentation that showed Posey worked proper hours, but said the NCAA had made up its mind, according to a tweet from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe they think he was dirtied by Terrelle Pryor,” he said. “That’s the only thing that could make sense.” Attempts to reach James by phone and email were unsuccessful. Posey’s suspension follows a prior five game suspension for improper benefits in the form of free tattoos. He was scheduled to make his return at Nebraska this weekend prior to the new suspension. The suspension means Posey won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. DiGeronimo overpaid Posey by $720, being paid for 70 hours of work, despite actually working only 21.5 hours. He also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf. Herron was overpaid $292.50. He was paid for 104 hours of work, even though he only worked 84.5 hours. Hall was overpaid by $225. He was paid for 66.5 hours of work, despite only working 51 hours. Melvin Fellows and Etienne Sabino were also involved, though Fellows is no longer playing due to a career-ending injury and Sabino has already been reinstated. DiGeronimo has since been disassociated from the university. read more

Osorio wont change style as Mexico chase victory

first_imgMexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio will not compromise his attacking style in favour of a more conservative approach with just a point needed against Sweden to ensure progression to the next round as Group F winnersEl Tricolor have performed above expectations at Russia after defeating reigning world champions Germany and South Korea in their two opening games and could become the first CONCACAF team to win three consecutive World Cup matches by beating Sweden today.Mexico are sitting comfortably at the top of Group F right now and a point is all that it needed to ensure top spot and progression to the Round of 16.But Osorio intends to stand by his principles and insists that Mexico will be going all out to beat Sweden.“I think that won’t change. We’re going to go out there to try and secure the three points,” said the Colombian, according to Reuters.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“That might be a factor but it’s not the most important thing. That will not have an impact on our style of play and our strategy.”Following their stunning start at the World Cup, the likes of forward Javier Hernandez and winger Hirving Lozano have been linked with moves to big European clubs.But Osorio is certain that it will not be a distraction: “I wish all my players were sought after by European clubs.”Mexico will face Sweden today at the Central Stadium at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Hazard looking forward to magnificent game against Brazil

first_imgBelgium captain Eden Hazard is looking forward to going head-to-head with Brazil at the quarter-finals of the World Cup on FridayRoberto Martinez’ side produced a stunning comeback in the final 30 minutes of their last-16 tie against Japan to go from 2-0 down to claim a famous 3-2 win with goals from Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to book a place in the last eight of the competition against Brazil.In wake of their thrilling victory on Monday, Hazard admitted that he is looking forward to the prospect of facing the five-time winners.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“When it comes to the match on Friday, it is going to be magnificent because playing against Brazil is always amazing as a football player,” said the 27-year-old, as stated on Punchng.“We are going to rest really well and going to really try to win that match.”Belgium became the first side since Portugal in 1966 to come back from two or more goals down to win a World Cup knockout stage match within 90 minutes.last_img read more

Clement Lenglet Ill try to adapt as quickly as possible

first_imgNew signing Clement Lenglet is confident he will adapt to the Barcelona’s style of play as he reacts to his latest club’s switch that happened on Thursday.Barcelona activated the £31.7m release clause in Lenglet’s previous contract to complete a deal for a switch.“My style? I’m left-footed and I like bringing the ball out. I try to play hard but without making many fouls, although sometimes I make them! It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s unique, something incredible. You have to get used to Barcelona.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s a style of play totally different from other clubs, so I’ll try to adapt as quickly as possible. Everything will be a little demanding. I don’t know how long it’ll be like that for, but everything motivates me.“It motivates me to play at a stadium like Camp Nou, playing with Messi, in the Champions League and being able to win it, winning La Liga, the Copa. Everything went through quickly and everyone’s happy. I’m at one of the best teams in the world” Lenglet said, according to Sports Mole.Lenglet’s five-year contract at Camp Nou includes a release clause of £265m.last_img read more

Wayne Hennessey denies making Nazi gesture

first_imgCrystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has denied accusations of making a Nazi salute in teammate Max Meyer’s Instagram.The picture (which has since been deleted) appeared to show the Wales international making the infamous ‘Sieg Heil’ sign which was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany.However, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper has decided to clear up any controversy by explaining the post on his official Twitter page.moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute. I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne— Wayne Hennessey (@WayneHennessey1) January 6, 2019Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“Yesterday evening I had a meal with my teammates and we had a group photograph,” he wrote on Sunday night.“I waved and shouted at the person taking the picture to get on with it and at the same time put my hand over my mouth to make the sound carry.”“It’s been brought to my attention that frozen in a moment by the camera this looks like I am making a completely inappropriate type of salute.”“I can assure everyone I would never ever do that and any resemblance to that kind of gesture is absolutely coincidental. Love and peace Wayne.”last_img read more

Troopers Increasing Patrols For St Patricks Day

first_imgPeters added that the public can also help if they suspect that someone is driving under the influence: “One of the things that people can do is to report every dangerous driver immediately. You can call 911 or you can call a local police department and let us know what you are seeing out there. If someone is swerving all over the road and they’re scaring you or you have a concern about their safety and other people’s safety, give us a call.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, lasses and lads. For many, it’s a day to don some green garb, have a green beer or an Irish whiskey to celebrate. The Alaska State Troopers are reminding  residents to be smart about driving this holiday weekend. Peters: “We certainly want people to go out and enjoy their holiday celebrations however the thing that we don’t want to see is them making the poor choice of them getting behind the wheel of the car while they are impaired. We will be out on the roadways and we will be focusing our efforts on locating people who are driving dangerously and driving impaired.”  AST will be increasing patrols over the entire weekend in order to prevent drunk driving incidents. Megan Peters, spokeswoman with the Troopers said they recognize that St. Patrick’s Day includes drinking as a part of the celebration. Statistics from around the country show that DUI arrests and car accidents tend to rise on St. Patrick’s Day every year, and Alaska is no different from the rest of the country in that regard.last_img read more

Army Surpasses Target Dwell Time for Soldiers

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Army has exceeded the target dwell time for active-duty soldiers since the fall of 2014, with service members spending about three years at home for every year of deployment, according to recent data.The goal for the Army’s active component is for at least one half of soldiers deploying a subsequent time to have spent two years at home for every year deployed. The Army has met that goal since January 2012, when major troop withdrawals began in Afghanistan, reported Army Times. The ratio has improved to 1:3 or better since late 2014.Officials emphasize, however, that dwell time varies greatly among career fields, with soldiers in some specialties, such as special operations, having shorter turnaround times than troops in other careers.The dwell time target for the reserve components is 1:4. Since the spring of 2015 the National Guard has maintained an average dwell of 1:4.1; the Army Reserve’s dwell ratio is 1:4.2.last_img read more

Prospect of Shutdown Looms Ahead of Friday Deadline

first_imgThe pace of negotiations over bipartisan agreements to raise the statutory spending caps and address the fate of “Dreamers” is expected to accelerate this week as Friday’s deadline to pass a fourth continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running approaches. Last week progress over both issues was upended after President Trump made disparaging comments about Haitian immigrants and African countries during a White House meeting with lawmakers. Failure to strike a deal on both fronts creates the conditions for a government shutdown when the existing stopgap runs out Friday at midnight.Defense hawks in the House have threatened to withhold their support for another stopgap unless a two-year agreement that significantly lifts the cap on defense spending is reached. The votes of the 34 GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee will be critical as support from the Republican Conference for each CR has gradually declined since the first stopgap was passed.While Democrats in the House appear likely to oppose a CR if it doesn’t extend legal protection for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, it’s not clear whether the Senate’s Democratic caucus is willing to force a showdown over the issue. The Republicans will need at least nine Democrats to pass a new CR in that chamber.The dynamics add up to an unusually uncertain outlook, with many lawmakers reluctant to predict how events will play out, reports the Washington Post. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Apple Watch getting its own App Store

first_img Best Buy See also See It WWDC 2019 Tags WWDC 2019 Apple Event Walmart WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • Apple Watch getting its own App Store See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The new Watch App store will roll with the release of WatchOS 6. However, there’s no word yet when WatchOS 6 will arrive (we’ll update this story as soon as we find out). But Apple did preview the Watch App Store store at WWDC 2019 and showed off several new apps, including an audiobooks app, language translator, calculator, sports and health apps, as well as new Watch Faces. apple-watch-store-2Some of the new independent Watch apps coming soon. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13 2:20 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now App store coming to Apple Watch Comment $349 Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Apple has managed to sell a lot of Apple Watches, but one of the complaints some users have is that there’s no native app store for the Watch — you have to find iOS apps that are compatible with the Watch. Well, that’s about to change, as Apple has announced an app store for the Watch, with its own independent apps that you can search for and download right on your Watch. Wearable Tech Tablets Wellness This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see all of today’s Apple news. See It Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Apple Watch Series 4 See All 46 Photos $399 $413 See It Apple • Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC $349 1 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Applelast_img read more

Trouble in paradise Whats happening in Maldives

first_img.The political crisis in the Maldives deepened this week after embattled president Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of top judges and a former president.The upmarket holiday paradise does not often find itself in the news but a shock Supreme Court decision last week ordering the release of top opposition politicians has triggered a furious response from authoritarian ruler Yameen.How will the latest round of political strife play out in the Indian Ocean archipelago?What’s going on?Yameen, who came to power in 2013, has presided over an escalating crackdown on dissent that has battered the Maldives’ reputation. He has jailed almost all the political opposition.The Maldives was plunged into fresh chaos this week after the president refused to comply with the Supreme Court’s Thursday order to release nine dissidents and restore the seats of 12 legislators sacked for defecting from Yameen’s party.The Supreme Court ruling gives the opposition the majority in the assembly-meaning they could potentially impeach the president.In a stunning blow to the regime, it also paves the way for exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed-the first democratically elected leader who was controversially convicted of terrorism in 2015 — to return and run for president this year.On Monday, Yameen sent soldiers to storm the court and arrest judges, with Maldives police also detaining Yameen’s estranged half-brother and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had sided with the main opposition.Hundreds of people gathered outside the court complex and police used pepper spray to disperse the crowds.Where do the security forces stand?The head of the armed forces is publicly backing Yameen.“The Maldives military will not standby and watch Maldives go in to a crisis,” military chief Ahmed Shiyam said Sunday, warning he would not obey “unlawful orders” from the Supreme Court.But as ex-president Gayoom-who ruled for 30 years until 2008 elections-was led out of his house, riot police saluted him, according to the local Maldives Independent website, and analysts have warned his arrest could split the security forces as he still commands deep respect.The emergency declaration gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain individuals, curtails the powers of the judiciary and bars parliament from impeaching Yameen.The opposition says it shows Yameen is “desperate” and Nasheed, who has previously expressed fears of unrest in the troubled Indian Ocean nation, said it amounted to imposing martial law.Yameen has drawn close to China and Saudi Arabia during his time in office, with both countries investing heavily in the tiny tourist archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and may feel he has enough support to weather the storm.How did we get here?Mohamed Nasheed became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2008 and swiftly became an international celebrity because of his urgent pleas to address climate change. He held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the low-lying archipelago’s plight.The country has been locked in a slow-burn political crisis since Yameen won a controversial run-off against Nasheed in 2013 presidential elections.During his time in power “President Yameen has systematically alienated his coalition, jailed or exiled every major opposition political figure, deprived elected Members of Parliament of their right to represent their voters… revised laws to erode human rights (and fired) any officials who refuse orders,” the US State Department said.What about the tourists?The tensions have already hurt the tourism industry-the largest contributor to the country’s economy-despite government assurances that visitors are safe.China-the number one source of tourists for the Maldives-and neighbouring India have already warned their national to defer all non-essential travel, and the UK and the US have warned their nationals to exercise caution in Male.In 2015, when the government declared a state of emergency because of fears of terrorism, tourist booking plummeted which hit economic growth hard.Nearly 1.4 million foreigners visited the Maldives last year, up from 1.28 million the previous year.What happens next?All eyes are on the security forces to see what will happen now that Gayoom is in detention, and whether further street protests will break out despite the state of emergency.Nasheed has already said he will run again in elections scheduled for this year and has called for regional super power India to intervene.Yameen, who has previously faced several unsuccessful opposition attempts to impeach him for alleged corruption, looks determined to fight off all challenges to his ruleOpposition legislators have also called on the international community to pressure Yameen.last_img read more

Turkish air strikes kill 36 in Syria

first_imgTurkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters are seen in the village of Jamanli, northeast of the Syrian city of Afrin, on 3 March, 2018, as smoke billows in the background from a reported Kurdish People`s Protection Units (YPG) location. Photo: AFPTurkish air strikes killed at least 36 pro-regime fighters backing Kurdish militia in Syria’s northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin on Saturday, a monitoring group said.The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces alliance said the Turkish raids targeted pro-regime positions, but gave no death toll.The two-storey building where the fighters were located was completely eviscerated, an AFP correspondent reported, with several burnt out vehicles visible among the rubble.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on the area of Kafr Janna were the third such raid on loyalist fighters in the enclave bordering Turkey in less than 48 hours.They came after Turkish raids on other parts of the enclave killed 14 pro-regime fighters on Thursday and four more on Friday, the monitor said.Turkish-led Syrian opposition fighters have advanced steadily since January 20, when they launched an assault on Afrin, controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).The Syrian government deployed fighters to the enclave a month later after the Kurds appealed for help.The Observatory says Turkish-led forces control more than 20 percent of the enclave after seizing the area of Rajo in the northwest of Afrin on Saturday.They also seized a strategic mountain in the northeast of the enclave, a military official from the Turkish-led operation said.Ankara says the YPG is a “terrorist” extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state.The YPG has been a key component of a United States-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance that has been fighting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.The Observatory says more than 140 civilians have been killed in Turkish bombardment since the start of the assault, but Turkey denies the claim and says it takes the “utmost care” to avoid civilian casualties.Thousands of civilians have fled their homes since the start of the operation, either to the town of Afrin or to nearby government-controlled areas.last_img

Moscow police arrest hundreds at rally for fair elections

first_imgProtesters walk in downtown Moscow during an unauthorised rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local election in September, on 27 July, 2019. Photo: AFPPolice arrested more than 500 people as they gathered in Moscow on Saturday to demand fair local elections, the latest in a wave of protests after authorities blocked opposition candidates from the ballot paper.Around 3,500 people took to the streets for the unauthorised rally, according to official figures. Several of the arrests were violent and police used batons against protestors, AFP reporters at the scene saw.The demonstration came a week after the capital’s biggest protest in years, when some 22,000 marchers called on officials to reverse rulings and allow opposition activists to stand for the city council in September.Since then investigators have raided the homes and headquarters of several disqualified candidates, while top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days for calling the fresh protest.”Honestly, I’m scared,” 42-year-old IT worker Alexei Sprizhitsky told AFP at the demonstration on Saturday.He said the last time he had seen this level of pressure on activists was in 2012, when president Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister sparked popular dissent.Other leading opposition figures and would-be candidates were arrested in the hours leading up to the Saturday’s protest, which comes amid declining living standards and a fall in Putin’s approval ratings.Local polls are a rare opportunity for dissenting voices to participate in political life as anti-Kremlin parties have been squeezed out of parliament over Putin’s two decades in charge.OVD Info, which monitors demonstration, said at least 561 people had been arrested at the rally — more than one in seven of those officially taking part.The organisation reported that arrested protesters suffered from various injuries including a broken nose and head fractures.- ‘We want free elections’ -Security was tight in central Moscow and police shut down the area outside city hall where protesters were planning to gather, forcing participants out onto side streets.”This is our city!”, “Shame!” and “We want free elections,” the crowd chanted as police blocked off the site.Politician and disqualified candidate Dmitry Gudkov was arrested shortly before the march. Earlier he had said the future of the country was at stake.”If we lose now, elections will cease to exist as a political instrument,” he said.”What we’re talking about is whether it’s legal to participate in politics today in Russia, we’re talking about the country we’re going to live in.”While pro-Kremlin candidates enjoy the support of the state, independent candidates say they have been made to jump through countless hoops in order to get on the ballot for the city polls.After activists and ordinary Muscovites staged pickets last week, including outside the local election commission building, investigators said they were launching a criminal probe into obstructing the work of election officials.If found guilty, organisers risk up to five years in prison.- ‘Afraid all my life’ -Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said he had been arrested shortly ahead of the demonstration. Barred candidate Ilya Yashin meanwhile announced he was detained in the early hours of Saturday morning following a raid on his home.Would-be candidate Lyubov Sobol, who this week launched a hunger strike, was arrested at the demonstration.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called the unauthorised protest a “security threat”, adding that “order will be ensured according to the relevant laws”.Elena Rastovka, a 68-year-old pensioner at the demonstration, told AFP: “I’ve been afraid all my life, but enough is enough. If we stay at home, nothing will change.”Authorities arrest people who want to challenge them. Look at what they’re doing — the authorities do not like the people.”Some said it was the authorities’ heavy response that had turned a local issue into a major protest movement.”Who would have thought it would become important to take part in such a bizarre and boring affair as the Moscow parliament election?” asked Viktoria Popova, a 30-year-old illustrator, ahead of the rally.last_img read more

Trump Administrations Push For Citizenship Question On Census Alarms Critics

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @TheNiLPnetworkThe agency says the information is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act, specifically a section that bans racial discrimination.Watchdog groups are concerned about a Department of Justice request to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The agency says the information is needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act, specifically a section that bans racial discrimination.“It’s just a ridiculous political statement and doesn’t hold water given the facts,” says Phil Sparks, co-director of the Census Project, a national coalition of groups that use census data.Sparks says asking respondents whether they are U.S. citizens would throw a wrench into an already experimental process. The 2020 census will be the first one conducted largely online. He notes that the Census Bureau already collects citizenship data through smaller surveys.The data from this 10-year count has major implications. It determines the number of seats each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s also used determine how to distribute billions of dollars in federal funding. Should the Census introduce a question about citizenship, Sparks sees a potential for undercounting minority populations.“Most census experts that I’ve talked to believe that it’ll severely impact the participation of Latinos if it goes through,” Sparks says, “and that the Latino population will be substantially undercounted because of this action if it’s taken.”Still, the potential for undercounting isn’t new. An analysis of the 2010 census shows Latino residents were undercounted by about 775,000.CREDIT GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTLuis Zayas, the dean of UT-Austin’s School of Social Work, says if a citizenship question is added to the census, minorities will leave out information, leading to gaps in data.“The census has always been a scary proposition for people who are poor, who are in some form disenfranchised,” says Luis Zayas, dean of UT-Austin’s School of Social Work.Zayas says for people who don’t regularly interact with the government, disclosing personal information to a Census worker can feel invasive. He says a key challenge in Texas is accurately counting mixed-status families – those where some members, often young children, are legal U.S. residents, while their parents are not. Zayas says those children live in constant fear of incriminating their parents.“Every knock on the door is a frightening moment,” he says. “Every time that their mother or their father gets home late from work unexpectedly is a time of worry. What’s going to happen to them? Every time a police car pulls alongside at a stop light, they have to worry – Will they notice us and stop us and take away my mommy and daddy?”Zayas points to the recent repeal of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants disclosed their information to the federal government. Now, many of them fear it may be used to deport them. Zayas thinks minority residents will still fill out census forms, but they’ll likely leave out a lot of information, which could lead to gaps in the data. Sharelast_img read more

Ruling That Harris Countys Bail System Unfair To Poor Mostly Upheld

first_img Share Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates, the biggest lockup in Texas.An appeals court on Wednesday upheld most of a federal judge’s ruling that the bail system in Texas’ most populous county was unconstitutional for people arrested for lesser offenses.In its ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal’s conclusion that Harris County’s bail system violated due process and equal protection measures of the U.S. Constitution. Harris County is home to Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.Last year, Rosenthal ruled as part of a lawsuit that the county’s policy of detaining indigent misdemeanor defendants before trial violated equal protection rights against wealth-based discrimination.In its 26-page ruling, the New Orleans-based appeals court found that if you took two misdemeanor defendants in Harris County who were identical in every way, except that one is wealthy and one indigent, they would have different experiences as one would be able to post bond and the other not.“As a result, the wealthy arrestee is less likely to plead guilty, more likely to receive a shorter sentence or be acquitted, and less likely to bear the social coast of incarceration,” the three-judge panel wrote. “The poor arrestee, by contrast, must bear the brunt of all of these, simply because he has less money than his wealthy counterpart. The district court held that this state of affairs violates the equal protection clause, and we agree.”However, the appeals court ordered Rosenthal to revise a preliminary injunction she had issued that ordered the county to release indigent inmates without posting cash bail while they await trial on misdemeanor offenses.The appeals court said the injunction was overbroad and Rosenthal’s requirement that indigent defendants be released within 24 hours of their arrest was too strict.The appeals court also ordered that Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez be released as a defendant in the lawsuit.The lawsuit was filed by two civil rights groups and a Houston law firm on behalf of several misdemeanor defendants, including a woman who was jailed for two days for driving without a valid license because she couldn’t afford her $2,500 bail. The lawsuit, which is similar to others filed across the country, is a part of a broader push in the U.S. for bail-reform measures.Alec Karakatsanis, executive director of Civil Rights Corps, one of the civil rights groups that filed the lawsuit, said the ruling “strongly reaffirmed” that the county’s bail system is unconstitutional.“We will evaluate the next steps for helping Harris County craft a system that does not violate the Constitution and devastate tens of thousands of human beings and their families every year,” Karakatsanis said in a statement.First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard said the county was pleased with how the appeals court’s ruling reaffirmed that it’s the responsibility of county judicial officers to determine the terms and conditions of release of misdemeanor defendants.County officials had expressed concerns that they were being forced to release potentially dangerous people from jail under Rosenthal’s injunction.“Now, instead of immediate release after 24 hours without regard for risk to the community, Harris County … judges retain discretion regarding release provided a hearing for the defendant occurs within 48 hours after arrest,” Soard said in a statement.Soard said the county has been “working diligently to improve the criminal justice system” and the county remains committed to settling the lawsuit.While the county has spent more than $5 million fighting the lawsuit, some of its top officials, including the district attorney and the sheriff, are in support of bail reform efforts.“The ruling is a significant victory for justice and offers further proof that it is time for Harris County to settle this lawsuit and enact meaningful reforms that treat all people equally and fairly under the law,” Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis said in a statement.last_img read more

Roku Surpasses 30 Million Accounts Delivers BetterThanExpected Q2 Results

first_img Roku Is Embracing Kids Content With New Roku Channel Section And Roku is getting better at monetizing these accounts as well: Average revenue per user (ARPU) came in at 21.06, surpassing the $20 mark for the first time in the company’s history. Roku’s monetized video ad impressions more than doubled year-over-year, the company revealed in its letter to investors. Related Based on these trends, Roku revised its outlook for 2019 Wednesday. The company is now predicting to grow its revenue by 46% year-over-year, resulting in a mid-point guidance of $1.085 billion for the full year. Previously, Roku predicted to grow its revenue 40% year-over-year.Investors loved the sound of that, and sent up the company’s share price close to 10% in after-hours trading.Roku’s leadership did face some questions about the threat of new tariffs during the company’s earnings call Wednesday afternoon. “Tariffs might impact our future results,” admitted CEO Anthony Wood. He added that the company was looking to take some steps to mitigate the tariff threat, saying: We are looking at relocating manufacturing over time.”CFO Steve Louden told Variety in an interview Wednesday afternoon that the company had nothing to announce with regards to moving its manufacturing at this point. He described the threat of tariffs as fluid, saying: “The story keeps changing.” Louden did acknowledge that Roku and its smart TV partners were exploring ways to minimize the impact of possible tariffs. “We are trying to be as prepared as we can be,” he said.Roku’s leadership also faced a few questions about its plans for further international expansion Wednesday, with one analyst referencing Variety’s recent report that the company was looking at Brazil as one of its next major opportunities.Executives declined to share any details about their plans, but struck an optimistic tone about the overall opportunity, with Louden telling Variety: “There is a lot of potential internationally.” He added that a further international expansion would have a more material impact on Roku’s business in 2020. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 U.S. Delays Tariffs on Smart Phones, Game Consoles, Set-top Boxes Roku is now being used by 30.5 million households every month, and those users are a big reason the company grew revenues in its most recent quarter faster than Wall Street anticipated.In the quarter ending June 30, Roku generated $250.1 million in revenue, compared to $156.8 million during the same quarter a year ago, Roku revealed in its letter to investors Wednesday. The company incurred net losses of $10.4 million during the quarter, or $0.08 per share, compared to losses of $0.1 million in Q2 of 2018.Analysts had expected losses of $0.23 per share on earnings of $224 million.A major share of Roku’s revenue — 67%, to be precise — was once again driven by the company’s fast-growing advertising and services business. That’s a direct result of those 30.5 million active accounts, which collectively streamed some 9.4 billion hours of entertainment during the quarter. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Japan PM calls snap election in December puts off tax hike

first_imgDespite those policies, the Japanese economy slipped into a recession last quarter after a sales tax increase in April crushed consumer and business spending. That forced Abe to delay the second hike planned for October next year until April 2017. Abe said on Tuesday he will dissolve parliament on Friday. He wants an election as soon as possible, which would be mid-December, to seek public approval for his tax decision and for his overall ‘Abenomics’ policies of extreme monetary easing, heavy government spending and economic reforms. The government and the Bank of Japan have pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy in the two years since Abe was elected. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen‘I realize this election will be tough, but I need to hear the voice of the people,’’ Abe told a news conference. ‘I will step down if we fail to keep our majority because that would mean our Abenomics is rejected.’ The delay in raising the sales tax to 10 percent from the current 8 percent will slow Japan’s work on repairing its tattered public finances. But Abe said the risk to the world’s third-largest economy was a bigger threat. Fresh elections may seem a puzzling decision given Abe is only half way through his term and the latest economic news is dismal. However Abe’s ruling Liberal Democrats have a solid majority and hope to further consolidate their power at a time when opposition parties are weak and in disarray. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanAbe described his strategies as the ‘only path’’ for Japan to escape its economic malaise. ‘Some people say Abenomics has failed or it’s not performing well,’’ he said. ‘But then what should we be doing?’’  Japan has bubbled with speculation of an early election since early this month. The Liberal Democrats have been coaching freshman lawmakers on campaign strategies and opposition parties have rushed to discuss possible new alliances, as campaign posters went up in Tokyo neighborhoods. Abe got a rare second term as prime minister after stepping down just a year into his rocky first term in office in 2006-2007. His support ratings started out high as share prices surged in early 2013. But they have fallen recently. Parliament got bogged down in squabbles over campaign finance scandals that led to resignations of two of his cabinet ministers within weeks of an early September reshuffle. By dissolving parliament for an election Abe can clear the slate and once again reshuffle his cabinet, said Michael Cucek, a Tokyo-based analyst and fellow at Temple University Japan. Abe pointed to progress in terms of an improved job market and modest increases in wages for some workers. ‘We’ve kept moving ahead. We must not stop now,’’ he said. Opposition party leaders, already resigned to Abe’s plan, said they could not oppose the delay in the sales tax increase, given the feeble state of the economy. At over a quadrillion yen ($8.6 trillion), Japan’s public debt is the biggest among developed nations and over twice the size of the economy. But since most of the debt is held by the Bank of Japan and other Japanese financial institutions, it is considered relatively stable.last_img read more

Tri Services Adventure Expedition flagged off at Kalimpong

first_imgDarjeeling: A Tri Services Adventure Expedition was flagged off on Monday by General Officer Commanding, Striking Lion Division from the Gompa ground of Durpin Monastery at Kalimpong. The expedition will continue till January 15, 2019.The expedition will take place in three phases, which include cycling and trekking, paragliding and sea diving. It is being undertaken by a Tri Services team comprising three officers, three warrant rank officers and thirteen soldiers from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first leg of the expedition comprising cycling cum trekking will cover a distance of 200 km from Kalimpong to North Sikkim, under the aegis of the Striking Lion Division. The Armed Forces Team will cycle the treacherous and challenging mountains of North Sikkim for the next five days, reaching altitudes of 15,000 ft in the Lachen & Lachung valleys. Apart from cycling, the team will also trek through the mountain ranges along the Teesta river. The first leg of the expedition will come to an end on December 22. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis will be followed by parasailing and power gliding. This part will be held at Hashimara Air Force Station from December 24 to December 28. The last stretch that will include diving and sailing will be held from December 30 to January 5 at Vizag. “The Indian Armed Forces have a rich saga of fostering the spirit of adventure amongst its ranks by undertaking various different adventure activities. To enhance the spirit of adventure ingrained in the Indian Armed Forces, demonstrate high standards of physical fitness, competitive spirit, mental robustness and camaraderie amongst the three Services, this expedition is being held,” stated a release.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Video will play in  The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to playcenter_img Watch Next StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud Share this video We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday September 13. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 19:13Slow traffic due to earlier accident on A50 Westbound at A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Near JCB, a collision with the central reservation, the vehicle has been moved to the side of the road and emergency services are on scene, sources confirm there is no blockage on the road but there is debris and damage for which recovery has been called. 17:57One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lane one (of three) is closed with highways assisting recovery.16:47Stop-start traffic on A5020 University Way Northbound at the roadworks at A534 / Hungerford Road (Crewe Green Roundabout). Travel time is eight minutes. 16:46Green Lane partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5013 Stafford Road. 16:04Slow traffic on A52 Leek Road in both directions from Victoria Road (Joiner’s Square) to Glebe Street.Near Staffordhshire University. 15:40North Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near North Road Academy. 15:40Slow traffic due to accident, 2 vehicles involved on A5013 at M6 J14 (Stafford North).Incident is just before J14, police have confirmed there is no blockage on the road. 13:14Three arrested for modern day slavery offences in Stoke-on-TrentTwo men and a woman have now been released under investigationTwo men and a woman have now been released under investigation. More here.12:38Body found in search for missing manGeoffrey Howson was reported missing on Tuesday. More here.12:11Debris on road on M6One lane closed due to debris on road on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A5013 (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well. In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is closed. The debris cannot be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirm the restriction. 11:35One lane blocked due to two car accident on M6 southbound between Sandbach and Stoke-on-TrentSlow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked.11:10Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes.10:38Cheers! 88 Staffordshire pubs listed in beer guideThe 46th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published each year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has been released today. We have a look at which Staffordshire pubs are listed More here.09:25Accident in AltonReports of accident on High Street near The Bulls Head Alton. (Image: Inrix)09:07Five vehicle accident on M6 leaves trailer containing cattle on sideA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:M6 21a southbound , emergency services are responding to a 5 vehicle collision. A trailer is currently on its side containing cattle. “09:06Slow traffic on M6 in CheshireSlow traffic on M6 Northbound between J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) and J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Some slight residual delays remain following an earlier accident between J18 and J19.09:04Broken down vehicle on M6 in StaffordshireOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J12 A5 (Gailey) to J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.08:51Accident reported in LightwoodReports of accident on A5005 Lightwood Road near Woodpark Lane. (Image: Inrix)08:32Lane closed due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound in CheshireQueueing traffic and one lane blocked due to broken down lorry on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.Lane two (of three) is blocked. (Image: Inrix)08:05Queuing traffic on the A34 in StoneQueueing traffic on A34 in both directions at A51. In the roadworks area. Slow on all approaches to the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)07:54Roads busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:53Slow traffic on A527 in ChellSlow traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. (Image: Inrix)07:51A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)07:49Earlier accident cleared on M6There were four mile queues following the accident between junction 14 and junction 15. More here.07:42Usual congestion A500 near Porthill BankUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank).07:39Waterloo Road busy but movingWaterloo Road busy but moving from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). (Image: Inrix)07:28Slow traffic on A50 near Uttoxeter Slow traffic on A50 Uttoxeter Bypass in both directions at A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout). In the roadworks area. (Image: Inrix)07:23Four mile queues due to accident on M6The accident has taken place between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent, more here.07:12Congestion in Bucknall near Lime Kiln Traffic LightsUsual congestion on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). (Image: Inrix)07:01One lane shut due to accident on M6 between Stafford and Stoke-on-TrentOne lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic is already slow through the area due to narrow lanes and speed restrictions. (Image: Inrix)last_img read more