Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo announces birth of daughter on Instagram Goal Last updated 2 years ago 04:33 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid superstar took to social media to announce his family has welcomed its newest addition Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to Instagram to announce the latest addition to his family.The Real Madrid superstar has posted a photo of himself, girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and his son Cristiano Jr., along with his newborn daughter Alana Martina.It has been a busy six months for the family as they previously announced this past summer the arrival of twins, a boy and girl named Mateo and Eva, via a surrogate. Ronaldo missed the birth of the twins while away on international duty with Portugal for the Confederations Cup, but there were no such conflicts this time around as he was rested for Portugal’s November friendlies against Saudi Arabia and the United States.Alana Martina, who the star announced the name of a few weeks ago, is Ronaldo’s second daughter and fourth child.
World Cup 2019 semi-final: Sourav Ganguly furious with no sign of MS Dhoni as India totter at 24 for 4
World Cup 2019 semi-final: Sourav Ganguly furious with no sign of MS Dhoni as India totter at 24 for 4ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final 1: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly questioned India’s batting order preference as they were jolted by New Zealand fast bowlers in their chase of 240 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, 1st Semi Final view more view less vs ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 India IND 221 239/8 3/43 (10) India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 17:03 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly expressed disappointment at MS Dhoni’s batting position in India’s chase (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni did not bat at No. 5 in the semi-final vs New ZealandIndia sent Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya ahead of MS DhoniIndia were left reeling at 24 for 4 after New Zealand pacers ran riotFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed disappointment at MS Dhoni’s batting position during India’s chase of 240 against New Zealand on the reserve day of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final in Manchester.Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson propelled New Zealand to 239 for 8 in 50 overs as New Zealand added 28 runs to their overnight score of 211 for 5 on Wednesday.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreIndia had a horror start to their chase as the former champions were jolted by New Zealand pacers in the first 10 overs. India lost their batting lynchpins Rohit Sharma (1), KL Rahul (1), Virat Kohli (1) cheaply inside the first 4 overs. Matt Henry and Trent Boult were running riot as the Manchester crowd, filled with a sea of blue, went quiet.India prefered to send Dinesh Karthik into bat ahead of MS Dhoni as the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman, batting for only for the 2nd time in World Cup 2019, walked in at 5. Karthik struggled to get going and was eventually dismissed for 6 from 25 balls after a stunning catch from James Neesham.Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson were testing the Indian batsman and Hardik Pandya walked in after Dinesh Karthik’s dismissal, helping raise quite a few eyebrows.Sourav Ganguly, who was on-air for Star Sports, said it was “very hard to understand” why MS Dhoni was not sent earlier to bat.”It’s very hard to understand. No MS Dhoni yet,” Sourav Ganugly said.He added: “There you see MS Dhoni. You have got 10-and-half thousand runs. Average 50 and he is not in yet when India is under pressure. That’s not acceptable. I know he is a good finisher but this is long way from finished. India needed all his experience, all his ability. And at any stage, you needed his batting experience, it’s this one. When you’re 3 down or 4 down for 25, you needed your most experienced batsman.”advertisementEarlier in the day, Mark Nicholas had asked Sourav Ganguly if head coach Ravi Shastri would be “empowered to change the batting order”, Ganguly replied in the affirmative.Mark Nicholas: How would the structure work? Ravi Shastri would be empowered to change the batting order, would he?Sourav Ganguly: Yeah, you expect that. Don’t you? When you’re captain is out on the field, you expect your vice-captain, you expect your coach. But you have got to be proactive. There’s Ravi Shastri on your screen. He is not panicking. He is not someone who is panicking very very quickly. But maybe when you’re captain is in, you need to take that call. You need to be ahead of the game.Rishabh Pant was looking busy in the middle as the young wicketkeeper-batsman was seemingly playing with a lot of freedom despite the amount of pressure on the middle-order. India are well behind the DLS score. For a result to be produced in the semi-final, India should have completed at least 20 overs of their chase.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: What happens if play is called off after 20 oversAlso Read | MS Dhoni advising Yuzvendra Chahal and fielders during World Cup semi-final is goldAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Rishabh Pant commentary ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Matt Henry (NZ) M. Henry (NZ) (49.3) Referee: David Boon (AUS) Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG), Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Rod Tucker (AUS) 221 Ross Taylor (NZ) R. Taylor (NZ) New Zealand NZ Super Over view full scorecard – 74 (90) India Match Ended (50.0) New Zealand beat India by 18 runs Toss: NZ elected to bat Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 239/8 New Zealand Scorecard Ravindra Jadeja (IND) R. Jadeja (IND) India IND Top Batsmen Top Batsmen (49.3) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Matt Henry New Zealand NZ Match Ended (50.0) advertisement 77 (59) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (IND) B. Kumar (IND) No data available! graphs 3/37 (10) Next
By Ahmed al-MasriCAIRO – The IUMS urged Muslim imams around the world to dedicate their Friday sermons to “denouncing these criminal acts, which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.”The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) on Thursday called on mosque preachers worldwide to denounce assaults on Muslim places of worship and insults to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad by extremist Jewish settlers in Israel. In a Thursday statement, the IUMS urged Muslim imams around the world to dedicate their Friday sermons to “denouncing these criminal acts, which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.”On Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers spray-painted anti-Arab slogans on the walls of a local mosque in the predominantly Arab village of Baka al-Gharbiya – which is home to roughly 31,000 Palestinian Arabs – near the city of Haifa.“These acts are a brazen violation of law and international conventions,” read the statement, which was signed by prominent Muslim scholar and IUMS President Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.Roughly 1.7 million Arabs live in Israel, which currently has a total population of 8.1 million, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.
Casablanca – Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, beats Barack Obama, Zinedine Zidane, and Marouane Barghouti in Aljazeera’s personality of the week survey.The Arab world’s most-watched news channel, Aljazeera, organized a survey titled “Who Do You Think is The Personality of The Week” on its website. The survey ran for five days from December 7th to December 11th, and gave the website’s visitors a choice between four public figures: Morocco Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, U.S. President Barack Obama, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, and the Palestinian politician in an Israeli prison, Marouane Barghouti.The survey linked these public figures to events that took place during the week and received huge amounts of public attention. Obama gave his last speech, Zinedine Zidane revealed the secret to his success with Read Madrid, the prisoner Marouane Barghouti came first in the Fatah Central Commission elections, and finally, Abdelilah Benkirane angered Russia with his statement on Syria. Abdelilah Benkirane ranked first the poll with 54 percent of the total votes. Zidane came second and Barghouti third, while the U.S. president came fourth in the survey. The popularity that Morocco’s appointed Head of Government has enjoyed across the Arab world came after the statement he gave to the Arabic-speaking news source Al-Quds saying that “Russia should be part of the solution not part of the problem,” condemning its participation in the massacre of Syrians in Aleppo.This statement angered Russia and the country asked the Moroccan government to justify the statement. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in response, downplaying the statement made by the Head of Government and explaining that the statement was “improvised” and does not represent Morocco’s official stanceSoon after the news of the statement broke in the Arab world, a new hashtag, “Thank You Benkirane,” emerged on Facebook and Twitter. Prominent Arab figures hailed Benkirane’s clear and direct denunciation of Russia’s military intervention.
Rabat – The King’s Public Prosecutor to the Court of Appeal in Casablanca has denied rumors circulating in Moroccan media that execution is being considered in the trials of Nasser Zafzafi and other Rif activists.In a statement issued to the state-run Maghreb Arab Press, the court explained that the case has not progressed past the investigation stage, and so no punishment can yet be issued.“The case’s file is still in the hands of the investigating judge, to whom the right is given only to issue a transfer order [to another court], to cease litigation, or declare [the court’s] lack of jurisdiction,” writes the prosecutor. “Punishments can only be applied during sentencing, not [by] the investigating judge.” Zafzafi and the other activists are currently detained for “undermining state security” as part of their involvement with the Hirak protest movement in Al Hoceima.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are clawing back some of their losses from a day earlier as China stabilized its currency.Technology stocks, which came under heavy selling pressure a day earlier, led the way higher early Tuesday. Apple rose 2.1% and Texas Instruments added 1.9%.The recovery came a day after U.S. indexes slumped 3%, their biggest losses of the year, after China let its currency weaken.The S&P 500 rose 25 points, or 0.9%, to 2,869.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 203 points, or 0.8%, to 25,922. The Nasdaq climbed 100 points, or 1.3%, to 7,825.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.77%.The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — A victory in tonight’s Sugar Bowl would not only give Ohio State football back-to-back BCS bowl victories, but the 2010 senior class would also claim its 44th win and tie the program record for wins. The 2010 seniors hope to emulate the record-holding 2009 senior class, which ended its collegiate career in a blaze of BCS glory, defeating Oregon 26-17 in the Rose Bowl for its 44th win. The 2009 seniors “were proud of that record,” said wide receiver Grant Schwartz. “I would have liked to break it, but definitely looking forward to trying to tie it.” Linebacker Ross Homan echoed Schwartz’s sentiments. “This is our last hooray,” Homan said. “We want to go out on top.” Defensive end Cameron Heyward was sentimental about his OSU playing days. “It’s just been a fun ride,” Heyward said. “I can truly say that I’ve enjoyed my four years to the fullest.” The 2010 seniors have provided an unblemished 4-0 record against Michigan, four Big Ten titles and a fourth consecutive BCS bowl appearance. Before touching down in New Orleans, Homan talked about the preparations that will hopefully get him and his classmates their 44th win, as well as a Sugar Bowl championship title for Buckeye Nation to celebrate. “The seniors that we have, I think it’s going to be more of a business-oriented trip,” Homan said. “We’ll take it a lot more serious.”
Ultrabooks were introduced to get consumers interested in the PC again, but with some alterations we are starting to see them in enterprise-grade form too. Business PCs have to meet a number of standards around durability, security, and connectivity that just aren’t practical in the average consumer laptop. Don’t let that discourage you from looking at a business-class laptop though, many of those differences end up paying for themselves down the road.All the major manufacturers have jumped into the business-class ultrabook boat, but the new Latitude 7000 from Dell is one of the first we’ve seen with Intel’s new Haswell chips. The 7000 series has a variety of different form factors, but the one we’re looking at today is the mid-size 14-inch model.This should be the most popular of all the new models and it’s easy to see why, packing a 14-inch screen and up to Core i7 Haswell processors in a 0.8-inch thin, 3.6 lbs chassis. Despite the slim size, the Latitude 14 has triple USB 3.0 ports, dual video output (Mini DP & HDMI), Ethernet, full docking support, and a removable battery.Base models get your average 1366×768 anti-glare screen, but thankfully you can now get a Full HD 1080p (with or without touch) on this 14-incher.The low voltage versions of the new Haswell chips power the Latitude 14, which means Dell can call for up to 8.5 hours of runtime on the standard 3-cell battery. There is also a noticeable lack of discrete graphics options, which business models usually include to bolster docking and multi-display performance; this is likely due to the beefed up GPU in the new Haswell chips.It’s easy to love an ultraportable laptop that is packed with connectivity, security features, and a rugged design that meets a number of MIL-SPEC tests. Right now these beauties are available starting around the $1,000 mark after some hefty instant savings.Dell Latitude 14 business ultrabook with Core i3 Haswell starting at $1049 + free shipping (reg. $1498.57)Our other top deals:Microsoft Office365 Home Premium [1 yr, 5 users] + 1yr Xbox LIVE Gold + $25 Gift Card for $99.99 (total value $185 | via Dell)D-Link MovieNite Wireless Streaming Player w/ Netflix, more for $29.99 + shipping (reg. $59.99 | via Expansys)50% off McAfee software bundles, starting at $24.99
Une planète potentiellement habitable découverte autour de l’étoile Tau CetiDes astronomes viennent de découvrir que l’étoile Tau Ceti abrite pas moins de cinq planètes. L’une d’entre elles pourrait même se trouver dans la zone “habitable”. La liste des planètes potentiellement habitables s’allonge une nouvelle fois ! Dans une étude publiée mardi dans la revue Astronomy & Astrophysics, des chercheurs révèlent avoir découvert cinq planètes en orbite autour de l’étoile Tau Ceti, une étoile visible à l’œil nu située dans la constellation de la Baleine. Si ces planètes ont pu être découvertes, c’est grâce à la nouvelle technique de collecte de données astronomiques, capable de détecter des signaux deux fois plus faibles. “Nous avons choisi Tau Ceti [ … ] parce que nous pensions qu’elle ne comportait aucun signal. Et elle est si brillante et semblable à notre Soleil qu’elle constitue un banc d’essai idéal pour tester notre méthode de détection des planètes de petite taille”, explique Hugh Jones, de l’Université britannique du Hertfordshire. Au total, les chercheurs ont ainsi passé en revue pas moins de 6.000 observations de Tau Ceti provenant de télescopes installés au Chili, en Australie et même à Hawaï. Les cinq planètes détectés ont une masse comprise entre deux et six fois celle de la Terre. Plus intéressant encore, les astronomes ont découvert que l’une de ces planètes, désignée “e” serait située dans une zone habitable, c’est-à-dire une région ni trop chaude ni trop froide, permettant l’existence d’une atmosphère, d’eau à l’état liquide en surface, et donc peut-être d’une forme de vie. En revanche, les autres, nommées “b”, “c”, “d”, sont bien trop chaudes et trop proches de l’étoile puisqu’elles orbitent en respectivement 14, 35, 94 jours autour de Tau Ceti. Quant à la dernière planète, “f”, elle, est un peu plus proche de son étoile que Mars du Soleil. Elle a ainsi besoin de 640 jours pour faire le tour de Tau Ceti.Une étoile similaire au Soleil À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreCette étoile est relativement proche de notre Soleil puisqu’elle ne se situe qu’à 12 années-lumière de celui-ci. Mais surtout, elle lui ressemble beaucoup, sa masse et son rayonnement étant similaires. “Tau Ceti est l’une de nos plus proches voisines cosmiques, si brillante que nous pourrions arriver à étudier les atmosphères de ses planètes dans un avenir pas si lointain”, estime James Jenkins, de l’Université du Chili, qui a participé à l’étude. Cette découverte confirme ainsi l’idée “que presque toutes les étoiles ont des planètes, et que la galaxie doit donc contenir un grand nombre de planètes potentiellement habitables d’une taille proche de la nôtre”, conclut Steve Vogt, de l’Université de Californie.Le 19 décembre 2012 à 12:51 • Maxime Lambert
WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Pinterest Facebook NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Triple H Is WWE Losing Its Audience? 2 COMMENTS He would be a fool or would he? So,he’s just another James Storm?! Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call WhatsApp Google+ Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT May 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next May 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm Eric Young’s contract status with NXTFormer TNA star Eric Young, who made his official NXT debut last week at TV tapings at Full Sail University that aired last night on the WWE Network, has yet to sign an official deal with WWE according to a report by The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online.Triple H introduces new coachFollowing the NXT tapings last week at Full Sail University, Paul “Triple H” Levesque introduced Sean Hayes as the new strength and conditioning coach for the WWE Performance Center. Hayes is a former strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Texans. For fans of the HBO series “Hard Knocks”, Hayes made headlines doing an impression of “Macho Man” Randy Savage that you can view on Deadspin at this link.NXT begins live event tour of Kansas and OklahomaNXT starts a three day live event tour of Kansas and Oklahoma tonight starting in Salinas, Kansas. NXT is in Oklahoma City on Friday (May 6) and Tulsa on Saturday (May 7). If you are attending any of these NXT live events we are seeking live reports by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting results to @wrestleview.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pete Sean 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Cameron Huff
KELSO, WA – Cowlitz County Prosecutor Sue Baur will not be filing perjury charges against Cassandra Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy recently claimed she lied in 2001 as an eleven-year-old victim when she testified against her father, Thomas Kennedy in a jury trial. The jury convicted Mr. Kennedy of three counts of Rape of a Child in the First Degree. Her recantation was found to be enough to warrant an order for a new trial, but was not determined to be the truth.There is a misconception that Mr. Kennedy would not have been released unless he was found innocent. This is untrue. He has never been found innocent of the crimes of Rape of a Child. In 2001, Mr. Kennedy was convicted of Rape of a Child in the First Degree based on Ms. Kennedy’s testimony, medical evidence, and the testimony of other witnesses. In March 2012, Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning overturned the conviction of Mr. Kennedy based only on Ms. Kennedy now claiming that she lied at the first trial. The judge did not make a finding that Ms. Kennedy was telling the truth then or now, but ruled that Mr. Kennedy was entitled to a new trial because of this new information. After reviewing what evidence is left to prove the original charges, including Ms. Kennedy’s new claim, Prosecutor Baur determined that eleven years later the Rape of a Child charge could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a second trial.“We will not be filing charges against Ms. Kennedy for the same reason we will not be re-filing charges against Mr. Kennedy. I understand and share the frustration people have with Ms. Kennedy. I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt if she is lying now or if she lied in 2001. If a prosecutor is not firmly convinced of the truth of a charge beyond a reasonable doubt, they have an ethical duty not to file that charge.
• Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 25 Photos Preview • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: A fresh take on a modern classic Review • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: Beauty is a beast Geneva Motor Show 2019 Aston Martin 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 reading • Aston Martin is bringing a Lagonda All-Terrain Concept to Geneva Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s More about 2019 Aston Martin Vantage Enlarge ImageThe Lagonda All-Terrain builds on the Vision Concept shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Aston Martin Aston Martin’s spinoff brand, Lagonda, is set to launch its first production vehicle in 2021 or thereabouts. A report from last year suggested Lagonda’s first product would be an electric SUV, and it turns out we’ll see it at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month. Well, kind of.Aston Martin confirmed Tuesday that it’ll bring a new Lagonda All-Terrain Concept to Geneva, a sort of high-riding take on the original Vision Concept we saw last year. The All-Terrain will be “the first model Lagonda will put into production,” according to an Aston Martin statement.We can’t see much from this shadowy teaser image, except that the front fascia clearly has Lagonda Vision Concept influence. Aston Martin says the Lagonda design team “has created a car boasting extraordinary style and space efficiency combined with a rakish design language.” So, in other words, a luxury SUV. Aston Martin calls Lagonda “the world’s first luxury zero-emission brand,” which Tesla might take issue with, but remember, these products will likely be on the scale of Bentley or Rolls-Royce. In addition to the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, the British automaker will bring a Vantage and DBS Superleggera done up by its Q by Aston Martin division. The Vantage will be painted in a unique Cosmos Orange paint, while the DBS “explores dark Gothic themes,” according to Aston Martin’s statement.The Geneva Motor Show press days officially kick off on March 5, so look for a full smattering of information around that time. Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 Tags Post a comment 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Concept Cars Aston Martin
By Dayvon Love, Special to the AFROIn many of the policy conversations that are happening today about crime and violence there is a tendency lump people who find themselves in the midst of crime and violence, together with those who are drivers of crime and violence. There are people who carry illegal firearms for protection from people who they know are engaged in gun violence. There are people who participate in gun violence because they do not believe the police can properly protect them. These are the kinds of complex issues that plague our community that many of our lawmakers do not understand.We are at a moment where there is a broad realization of the negative impact of over-incarceration on the neighborhoods that are hardest hit by violence. There has been a broad public acknowledgement that incarcerating people who are in close proximity to crime and violence does tremendous harm to Black communities. While there have been many states that have decreased sentences on drug offenses, on the issues of violence, legislators are still putting in legislation that enhances penalties for violent offenses as a crime reduction strategy. In Maryland, State Senator Bobby Zirkin crafted Senate Bill 122, which at its core seeks to address the crime problem by increasing minimum sentences on violent gun crimes in some cases from 5 years to 10 years, and maximums in some cases from 20-40 years.Dayvon Love, director of policy of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. (Twitter Photo)There are three issues that need to be addressed in order to understand why increasing sentences for gun crimes are bad for the community and have a disproportionately negative impact on Black people.The National Institute for Justice conducted a study that found that the certainty of being caught had a much bigger deterrence effect on violent crime than the length of the sentence. The Sentencing Project produced a report that states that sentence enhancements and mandatory minimums led to Black people receiving tougher sentences than their White counterparts, and led to a 22 percent increase in the prison population.Additionally, even though crime has gone up and down over the past 40 years, the rate of incarceration has consistently gone up. This means that there is no empirical data that suggest that longer sentences or more people in jail effectively deter violence.The second issue to keep in mind is that if you talk to police officers they will tell you that they know who the most violent criminals are. They just don’t have the capacity to get those folks off of the streets. The problem arises because of things like insufficient witness protection infrastructure, and corruption in the police department that, in some cases, participate in crime and violence (like the Gun Trace Task Force in Baltimore which was a unit within the BPD that was robbing people, selling drugs and contributed to violence).The third issue is that the criminal justice system has disproportionately touched working class Black people who are often relegated to communities that are more prone to violence. This leads to many Black people being charged and arrested for things that they did not do.Defendants are usually over charged and are encouraged to avoid going to trial and to take plea deals to avoid excessive jail time. As Senator Zirkin wrote in the Bristol Herald Courier on April 18, “Innocent people sometimes plead guilty to crimes they do not commit.” What this means is second time gun offenders are a combination of people who did commit a gun crime and people who were overcharged and plead to a lesser gun charge. This a problem that is the product of a racist criminal justice system.Sentence enhancements cast a wider net that is likely to increase jail time for people that just happen to live in closer proximity to communities that struggle with violence. This leaves intact the core of the people who are the drivers of violence and catches those who are on the periphery. Not only does this approach not actually address crime, but it negatively impacts the working class Black people who happen to get caught up in the system.Given what we know from the 2016 DOJ report on policing in Baltimore, we know that there are a lot of people who have charges that are not the result of actually committing an act of violence, but being in an environment where violence happens. Usually these are Black people who are over policed and over charged.Zirkin says in his op-ed that many of the the people who have committed murder were charged with multiple violent gun crimes. What this says is that the police are not delivering solid cases to the State’s Attorney in order to effectively prosecute murders. Zirkin’s sentence enhancements are an attempt to get around an inept and corrupt police department’s inability to do their job at the expense of the people who are not drivers of violence.If Zirkin were serious about reducing crime then he would have focused on increasing law enforcement’s ability to get good cases that will put murderers away, instead of the politically expedient approach of increasing sentences.Frankly, Bobby Zirkin is not qualified to lead any effort to address the violence in Baltimore City. There are many people who have been working on the issue of violence prior to the homicide count going beyond 300. I have never seen or heard of Bobby Zirkin addressing himself to the people in the community who work on these issues prior to the number of homicides exceeding 300. It’s quite interesting to me that he would decide to care so much about violence in Baltimore on an election year when no such concern was expressed previously. Also, for him to lead on anything that would address Baltimore City is condescending. There is no evidence that he has any particular insight or perspective that is sufficient enough that he should lead this effort.Dayvon Love is a Baltimore resident and the director of policy of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a Black think tank.
Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Agreed. But let me add- mh https://t.co/H3jacep5sU— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) January 16, 2018 Great points. Hope it’s okay to make a final point… https://t.co/YnXFrjW47r— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) January 16, 2018 Stay on target Priscilla hits all the major points here but I’ll just add hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha https://t.co/f0bKJ9NeUe— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 16, 2018 This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If you have not seen it yet, stop reading this and go to the cinema.Since its debut in 1977, the Star Wars universe has been bursting with strong female leads—from Carrie Fisher’s Princess-cum-General Leia to Daisy Ridley’s Resistance Jedi Rey.But not everyone can handle battle-tested, resilient women. Which is why some schmuck created the “chauvinist cut” of The Last Jedi.AdChoices广告Apparently the “anonymous” creator is a pre-teen from the ’90s (via The Pirate Bay)Uploaded to The Pirate Bay on Sunday by an anonymous user, the “de-feminized” fan edit of Rian Johnson’s epic space opera removes most of the female fighters, pilots, and officers “commanding people around/having ideas.”Which, in turn, removes most of the humor, suspense, heart, and general plot.Described as “basically The Last Jedi minus Girlz Powah and other silly stuff,” the resulting movie is only 46 minutes long—a far cry from the 152 minutes (2.5 hours) of the original.That’s a lot of edits. Including the extraction of entire roles (Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Hodo, Veronica Ngo as the all-important Paige Tico!) and the maiming of storylines (Leia’s death, Luke’s heroism).Newcomer Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) was all but erased from the film (via StarWars.com)“It would probably be easier to make a list of things that were kept instead of things that were changed. Hardly any scene got away without cuts,” the coward uploader wrote before providing a “short rundown” of adjustments they made to the blockbuster film (edited for grammar and syntax):“NO HALDO! She simply doesn’t exist. Her whole subplot doesn’t exist. The kamikaze is carried out by Poe. ( = Poe dies.)”“Leia never scolds, questions, nor demotes Poe. He is a respected and very skilled high-ranking member of the Resistance.”“Kylo is more badass and much less conflicted and volatile. For example, he does not smash his helmet.”“Kylo takes on more of Snoke’s guards, Rey struggles with a single one.”“Less Porg nonsense.” [Hold me back!]“Rey does not Force-grab Kylo’s lightsaber. One of the many things that made him look like a weakling.”“[Captain] Phasma is finished after the first blow by Finn. (Women are naturally weaker than men, she isn’t Force-sensitive, and we know nothing about any exo-skeleton in her suit.)”(I skipped the more offensive comments. But you can read the list in full online.)The words “General Leia’s” were censored from the opening crawl (via The Pirate Bay)“Obviously it’s far from perfect,” the creator wrote, blaming the source material (“not even DVD-level”). “There are plot holes and continuity errors and some cuts are not as smooth as they should be, especially audio transition-wise.“But for what it’s worth, it can now at least be viewed without feeling nauseous about most of the terrible big and small decisions they made in this film.”I would have rather simply decanonized The Last Jedi and pretended it never happened than waste 46 excruciating minutes watching this hack job remake.There’s no word on whether any of the film’s cast and crew have seen the fan edit. But that hasn’t stopped them from commenting on its existence: Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Frans Folkvord, a behavioral scientist working at Radboud University, is about to receive his PhD for showing that children who play games that contain food are a lot more likely to eat candy afterwards. It’s news that’s set to worry parents and upset marketeers who probably discovered this a long time ago and have been milking it ever since.The problem with advertising in games is how easily an advert can be hidden within, or actually be the game (advergame). There’s also no real limits as to how long an advertisement can be viewed. On TV, the adverts are shown regularly, but for set intervals, where as a game can be played continuously, and there can be several of them from a specific brand.When it comes to children, that forms a problem. They love playing games and according to Folkvord’s research involving 1,000 kids, find it very difficult to recognize when a game is an advertisement (only 6% did). When that game contains food rather than a toy, he found that children are 55% more likely to consume candy offered to them afterwards. It doesn’t matter what food appears in the game, candy is more readily accepted and on average 72 more calories are consumed within 5 minutes of finishing playing. That’s roughly 16 M&Ms.Of course, that additional consumption depends on the availability of candy to the child once they finish playing. The main concern here is that these games make children want to eat, and they like to eat junk if they have access to it. Combine that with a lack of rules/guidance about advertising in these freely available games, and Folkvord believes something needs to change:“Children play a game, get hungry and reach for treats. As the cycle continues, children fail to learn healthy eating behavior. The results of my study indicate that these advertisements have an even heavier influence on children who are already overweight.”Folkvord’s next step is a collaboration with the University of Barcelona and the creation of recommendations that will be presented to the European Union. In the end, it could mean new rules governing what advergames aimed at children can contain, at least within Europe.So, Activision probably bought King so they can sneak their way into the actual candy business.
Kolkata: The campaign in ward 82 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) came to an end at 4pm on Friday, as the by-election will take place on Sunday.Firhad Hakim is contesting from the ward against Jiban Sen of BJP and Sishir Dutta of Left Front. Earlier in the day, Justice Debangshu Basak of Calcutta High Court passed an order stating that nominating Hakim for the post of Mayor is constitutional. Bilkis Begum of CPI(M) had filed a petition, challenging his nomination as unconstitutional. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim started campaigning from Chetla Agranani Club, along with Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and minister of state for Fire and Emergency Services (Independent charge) Sujit Bose. Hakim said during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule, the number of people beaten to death has gone up in BJP-led states. The condition of the farmers has gone from bad to worse and the voice of democracy has been stifled. The by-election became necessary after Trinamool Congress councillor Pranab Biswas resigned. Earlier, Sovan Chatterjee had resigned from the post of Mayor. Hakim, who is the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, was nominated as the Mayor by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe KMC Act, 1980, was amended which stated that only councillors can become Mayor. The amendment states that anyone can become the Mayor, but will have to win a by-election within six months. Hakim was elected in ward 82 15 years ago, when he first became a councillor. He was a Member, Mayor-in-Council in the civic board in 2010. He became a minister in 2011 and relinquished the post. Hakim left no stones unturned and paid visit to every house in the ward. As a local boy, he is immensely popular in the area. During his tenure as a councillor, massive development took place in Chetla and its neighbouring areas.
Struggling to cut down your body fat? Eating breakfast late, but having an early dinner may help, suggests a pilot study.The findings showed that people who delayed their breakfast by 90 minutes and had their dinner 90 minutes earlier than usual lost more than twice as much body fat on average.Further, those who changed their meal times ate less food overall, than those who did not, the researchers said. “Although this study is small, it has provided us with invaluable insight into how slight alterations to our meal times can have benefits to our bodies,” said Jonathan Johnston, from the UK’s University of Surrey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Reduction in body fat lessens our chances of developing obesity and related diseases, so is vital in improving our overall health,” he added.For the study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences, the team conducted a 10-week experiment on ‘time-restricted feeding’ – a form of intermittent fasting.Participants were split into two groups – those who were required to delay their breakfast by 90 minutes and have their dinner 90 minutes earlier, and those who ate meals as they would normally (the controls). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAlthough there was no restriction on what the participants could eat, the team found that 57 per cent of participants showed a reduction in food intake either due to a reduced appetite, decreased eating opportunities or a cutback in snacking, particularly in the evenings.However, 57 per cent of participants felt they could not have maintained the new meal times beyond the prescribed 10 weeks because of their incompatibility with family and social life. “Fasting diets are difficult to follow and may not always be compatible with family and social life. We therefore need to make sure they are flexible and conducive to real life, as the potential benefits of such diets are clear to see,” Johnston noted.
Thailand on show in Japan.The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) today announced the plan to stage the “Thailand CONNECT the World: Japan Business Events Road Show 2015” to promote Thailand’s MICE industry.The road show will also introduce the new brand communication campaign “Thailand CONNECT the World” in the Japan market, and it will be held on 21 April 2015 at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo.The ‘Thailand CONNECT the World: Japan Business Events Road Show 2015’ is set to connect more than 200 of buyers, suppliers, international media and industry experts together in a series of concurrent events.TCEB president Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said the event will provide new insights into Thailand’s MICE industry as well as the overview of trade and relations between Thailand and Japan.“The Thai Government’s policy in building the confidence and moving forward to the ASEAN Economic Community. A new marketing promotion created especially for Japanese MICE market will also be announced,” Mr Maythaveekulchai said.The event will graciously be presided over by representative from the Royal Thai Embassy, Tokyo, Japan.Representatives from Thailand, including Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Customs Department, Ministry of Finance, Immigration Bureau, Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, will also be presented at the event.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
Kate Jones, Tourism Minister of Queensland said that nature-based attractions in the Gold Coast hinterland needed to be promoted more heavily and she wants to expand and improve the Gold Coast’s ecotourism industry.She said there had been a big growth in Tasmania’s tourist numbers since that state launched an ecotourism product.“In my opinion we could be doing better in Queensland and I have set it as a goal for myself as the Tourism Minister in Queensland that we actually get a product on the ground this term,” stated Kate Jones.“Quite clearly when you look at the beautiful hinterland of the Gold Coast that seems like a very good opportunity. I know that the O’Reilly family are already in discussions with the State Government about some of the opportunities they see. The clear message I want to give is when it comes to ecotourism I want to work very closely with the industry and also the Environment Minister to ensure we finally get a product here open to market on the Gold Coast,” she added.
Go back to the e-newsletterChinese demand for luxury cruising has meant Norwegian Cruise Lines‘ Norwegian Joy will begin four- and six-night cruises out of her homeports of Shanghai and Tianjin (Beijing) from mid-2017. The new Norwegian Joy will feature world-class entertainment, fine international dining, unrivalled duty-free luxury shopping, as well as 28 restaurants, two two-floor water chutes and a go kart track.Norwegian Joy was designed by the team at NCL to provide First Class at Sea experiences specifically for Chinese travellers, with onboard amenities that cater for the unique vacation desires of Chinese guests. Built at Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, the ship features German precision engineering to the highest possible standard, all while offering superior customisation for the culture and preferences of Chinese guests along with the exciting and innovative features found on NCL’s most recent vessels.With a capacity of 3900 guests, Norwegian Joy will deliver on the promise that guests will enjoy ‘First Class at Sea’ experiences, starting with her VIP accommodations. As the World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line, an honour bestowed upon the company by the World Travel Awards, Norwegian Cruise Line is offers innovative, stylish and first class accommodations. Norwegian Joy will feature The Haven by Norwegian, the line’s exclusive, ship-within-a-ship suite luxury complex. Accessible by personalised key card, The Haven offers a private respite for the most discerning travellers that features personal butler service, a dedicated concierge, priority access to entertainment and specialty dining, a private restaurant, enclosed courtyard and 74 suites. The ultra-exclusive experience in The Haven on Norwegian Joy will also include an all-new Observation Deck that will feature 180-degree views, the same as the ship’s officers experience from the Bridge, with gourmet canapés and premium beverages.Go back to the e-newsletter